Jobs at risk in Sussex as Blockbuster calls in the administrators

DVD rental firm Blockbuster has called in the administrator.

Up to 100 jobs in branches across Sussex are at risk.

The stores are in Uckfield, Peacehaven, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne, Hastings, Littlehampton, Shoreham, Burgess Hill, Worthing, Haywards Heath and Crawley.

Lee Manning, joint administrator and partner in Deloitte’s Restructuring Services practice, said: “In recent years Blockbuster has faced increased competition from, internet based providers along with the shift to digital streaming of movies and games.

“We are working closely with suppliers and employees to ensure the business has the best possible platform to secure a sale, preserve jobs and generate as much value as possible for all creditors.

“The core of the business is still profitable and we will continue to trade as normal in both retail and rental whilst we seek a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern. During this time gift cards and credit acquired through Blockbuster’s trade-in scheme will be honoured towards the purchase of goods.”