Following its announcement last month that the Times Square Megastore would close down in April , Virgin Entertainment Group North America will shut down the Union Square shop in late May or early June, a spokeswoman said, confirming a report in Billboard. The New York closures will leave Manhattan without a large-scale record store. Thousands of music retailers have shut down in recent years as CD sales have plunged, and Virgin has been closing most of its locations around the country since it was bought by the real estate companies Vornado and Related in , but its high-traffic New York stores were said to be profitable. Please turn it into a Target. Excuse me! And Virgin, despite its impressive square footage, was hardly a friendly store to shop or browse in.
Retailing Era Closes With Music Megastore
Last Virgin Megastore in Manhattan to Close - The New York Times
Shop fitter Bernard Jones, 74, claims he became terminally ill as a result of exposure to asbestos while working at Virgin Records' Oxford Street and Sloane Street stores in the s. Virgin Records was launched as a small, independent label by Sir Richard in , when he was His record stores, which became the Virgin Megastore brand, were sold in a management buyout in and became Zavvi, but the new venture went into administration in Mr Jones started developing symptoms in and believes the disease will cut his life short by 12 years. Papers describe how he was part of a team of six fitters turning an old shoe shop into the first Virgin Records Oxford Street shop in London. He claims that after ripping out old insulation boards and sheets with hammers and crow bars, asbestos dust was produced and he was exposed to it.
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Virgin Megastores was a retail chain that operated in the United Kingdom from to The company was established by Richard Branson , originally as a small record shop, and became a national chain. In , the company was sold to management, and was rebranded as Zavvi.