United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Administrative Services
Rental And Leasing Activities
Rental And Leasing Of Personal And Household Goods
77.22 - Rental of video tapes and disks

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 November 2013
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


DVD and games rental chain Blockbuster has announced plans to close 72 stores resulting in the loss of about 452 jobs. The closures represent a 25% reduction of its 264 outlets and 2,000 employees.

The company went into administration earlier this week for the second time this year (see reports on the first collapse).  The firm blamed fierce competition from online DVD rental providers and supermarkets.

The company had 528 stores when it initially collapsed into administration in January 2013.

UPDATE 05-12-2013: Blockbuster announced to finally close down all of its remaining stores in the UK by 16 December 2013. This decision affects 153 remaining stores, employing 1,235 staff. In total, the closure of Blockbuster resulted in the cut of over 2,000 jobs that remained after Gordon Brothers had taken over the company in March earlier this year. 


  • 14 November 2013: The Independent
  • 5 December 2013: The Guardian
  • 12 December 2013: The Telegraph
  • 14 November 2013: The Telegraph


Eurofound (2013), Blockbuster, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 76211, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76211.