HMV marks return to GTA


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HMV marks return to GTA
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published Jan 31, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read

For those who have been on the hunt for new Blu-rays, CDs and posters like it’s 1999, your dreams have come true.

HMV, the retail store that shuttered its doors in 2017, has gotten a new lease on life — literally and figuratively.

Similar to Zellers pop-up stores resurfacing in Hudson’s Bay locations across Canada, HMV has found a new home within Toys “R” Us stores.

Vast sections within the department stores have already been carved out at some locations, as evidenced by a TikTok shared by former Cineplex host Tanner Zipchen.

“Guess what’s making a comeback,” he captioned the video which shows rows upon rows of empty shelves with construction signage that reads “Don’t mind the mess. We’re building something awesome.”

The HMV-Toys “R” Us partnership might seem odd but Doug Putman owns both HMV’s parent company, Sunrise Records, and Toys “R” Us.

Perhaps Hudson’s Bay’s successful resuscitation of Zellers in Bay stores served as inspiration for the move.

People on social media weighed in with one person describing the move as “super cool” but admitted “the prices were crazy high.”

Another added: “Actually this is smart, get the younger gen more interested in cds and maybe we will see a more of a comeback.”

Toys “R” Us Canada has confirmed that five of its Ontario locations currently boast an HMV: two in Mississauga, with the others in Burlington, Pickering and Brantford.

But don’t fret, more HMV mini-stores are expected in the GTA in the coming months.

HMV’s flagship Yonge St. location was a hit upon opening in 1991 and remained the place to buy CDs, vinyl, DVDs, books, and other music and pop culture merchandise until its Canada-wide closure in 2017.