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Film fans celebrate as Blockbuster stays open

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Blockbuster customers have celebrated after the Biggleswade store was saved from the axe.

Administrator Deloitte has confirmed that the market square branch is not among the 129 outlets which will shut after the DVD and games rental firm went into administration.

The Blockbuster shop in Henlow Camp is on the list and will be shutting down though.

Joint administrators have been appointed to run the business from advisory firm Deloitte.

Deloitte has said Blockbuster UK will keep trading while it tries to find a buyer.

The Biggleswade store has long been a popular choice for film fans, video gamers and families.

Biggleswade deputy mayor Councillor Hazel Ramsay welcomed the news.

She said: “I’m very pleased to hear this.

“Blockbuster occupies a major retail space in Biggleswade town centre which has a lot of footfall.

“It is used by many people in the area and it would have been a great shame if it had stopped trading.”

Writing on the Biggleswade Chronicle Facebook page readers also spoke about their delight at hearing the news.

Andy Penn said: “Hip hip hooray! Means I can still trade in and buy games locally!

“Although my plans for a second hand games shop are now on hold, lol.”

Nicola Gauge Greaves added: “That’s good news and it means that it won’t be replaced with another cafe/takeaway/pound shop.”

But Katie Mills still fears for the future of the company.

She said: “It’s the employees who I feel sorry for.

“I hope a buyer is found to save jobs, but, unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times with people using Netflix and the internet to watch films.”

Not everyone is happy that the store is staying open.

Responding to the news, Markus Whiteman said: “That’s a shame...was hoping an upmarket store would have replaced it.....waiting for M&S to open to bring a bit of class to the town.”

Readers were less concerned about the impending closure of the Henlow Camp store.

Carrie Irvin said: “Didn’t know it was still there?”

What do you think? Email your views to letters@biggleswadechronicle.co.uk

 

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