Despite telling you that Fopp was returning to London very soon thanks to the purchase of several closed stores by the HMV group, we're afraid there is bad news.
Five of the six stores that were planned for reopening do so on Friday, but the landlords looking after the London, Earlham Street site have refused permission for that store to reopen.
A spokesperson for HMV said:
“Regrettably, and despite our very best efforts, we have not been able to persuade the landlords of the former Fopp site in Earlham Street, Covent Garden, to allow us to take on its lease and to re-open it, as we had hoped. The landlords appear to have very definite plans of their own for the site, which we understand are fashion-based. We have no immediate plans to acquire or open any other Fopp sites, but we will, obviously, consider any viable opportunities that are presented in future."