Jobs at risk in Bradford district as Blockbuster goes into administration

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Business Reporter

DVD and video games rental firm Blockbuster UK has gone into administration, putting more than 4,000 jobs at risk, including at branches in Bradford, Keighley and Cleckheaton.

Deloitte, which is handling the administration, said the collapse was driven by competition from internet firms and digital streaming of movies and games.

The Uxbridge-based business opened its first store in London in 1989 and now trades from 528 outlets employing 4,190 staff.

Local stores include Ingleby Road and Greengates in Bradford; Cavendish Street in Keighley; North Street in Cleckheaton and Charles Street, Halifax.

The crash follows last week's closure of camera retailer Jessops which had stores in Bradford city centre and Halifax, along with the threat to HMV's store on Broadway, Bradford, after the music retailer went into administration earlier this week.

A closing down sale is also being held at the Darley Street branch of outdoor clothing retailer Millets, part of the Black;s Leisure business which was bought out of administration a year ago by JD Sports fashions.

Since e the deal, JD had closed moe than 80 Blacks leisure outlets as part of a streamlining process to revive the business.

In a recent trading update, JD executive chairman Peter Cowgill said the rationalisation programme at Blacks and Millets was well underway. He blamed the previous management for the outdoor retailer's disappointing Christmas performance . Key executives had recently been replaced.

JD was looking to deliver substantial improvements in Blacks trading during 2013 , boosted by cost savings and store refurbishment.

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