Hilco is looking at adding to the nine Fopp branches it rescued as part of its HMV deal in April.
The intention to open more Fopp stores in the UK is part of a five part plan for HMV’s future detailed by Hilco chief executive and HMV chairman Paul McGowan on NME.com.
“We’ve been examining what’s going on in the independent record store market and learned some good practice there, which we can act on via Fopp,” explained McGowan. “It’s quite a different brand from HMV and we’re looking to expand the number of Fopp stores.”
McGowan also said that Hilco wants to improve the breadth of music stocked in HMV.
“When Hilco took over, HMV could no longer afford to stock as many artists as it should. We’re putting a lot of effort into improving that. We need to stock as wide a range of music as possible.
"Band merchandise is something we want to engage with as well. You’ll see a good selection of T-shirts, mugs and so on for the bigger acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and it’s something that will get bigger.”
The Hilco boss also suggested that store staff will have more of a say about what goes onto their own shelves to more adequately reflect the local music scene.
HMV re-opened its original flagship store at 363 Oxford Street, London last weekend.