I cover independent record shops over at Independent Everything, so when HMV went into administration it was important news. I set up a Google Alert for HMV at the time. Since then I’ve had a steady stream of reports that HMV shops are to be saved or closed, often on the same local news site a few weeks apart, as the uncertainty lingered.
I had a look and a month ago, a full list of HMV shops to be shut was published, but no one had thought to map them. I’ve mapped them across the UK here:
East Anglia seems to have escaped unharmed. The rest seem fairly evenly spread across the UK’s major population centres.
Annoyingly WordPress doesn’t seem to recognise the Google Fusion table iFrame code when you embed it. The best I could do is take a screenshot of it here. If you want the full interactive version (you do, I spent ages tracking down all the local news stories about each store closing), head to the link here.
If anyone knows of a workaround for embedding Fusion tables into WordPress, please let me know!