Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Food, Beverages And Tobacco In Specialised Stores
47.2 - Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
17 February 2013
Employment effect (start)
30 September 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced plans to buy 49 stores from bankrupt Blockbuster film rental chain creating 1000 jobs by late summer. Morrisons plans to build a new convenience store franchise called 'Morrisons M', especially targeting London and the South East.

There is no formal commitment by Morrisons to retain Blockbusters staff, but it stated that it would welcome job applications by former Blockbuster staff. Stores are said to be open by late summer.


  • 17 February 2013: BBC News
  • 17 February 2013: Guardian
  • 17 February 2013: Morrisons (press release)


Eurofound (2013), Morrisons, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 75020, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75020.