I feel for the employees and their families. I'll be sad to see our local HMV closed, though to be honest it's been poorly stocked for the past few years. At least, it often didn't stock what my husband or I were looking for. I wonder if the need to diversify into console games and such took away too much space from the music and DVDs, keeping the selections limited.
What bites, though, is that while stores are still open, gift vouchers/cards will not be honoured. I'm surprised that's legal.