Morrisons in Torquay town centre move as Blockbuster goes?
THE Torquay and Paignton branches of Blockbuster are to close.
Now speculation is mounting that supermarket chain Morrisons may be looking at moving into a town centre site.
Administrators acting for the financially-troubled DVD rental chain have confirmed the Blockbuster outlets in Market Street, Torquay (pictured), and Preston in Paignton will shut and signs have gone up signalling 'everything must go'.
A date for the closures is yet to be confirmed but there is speculation that Torquay may close as early as March 21.
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Morrisons has refused to comment on its detailed store plans, but there is speculation it could move in.
The supermarket chain says it cannot confirm where it will be opening any of its fleet of new convenience stores to be known as 'Morrisons M'.
Administrators have already announced the supermarket chain will buy 49 of the Blockbuster stores.
A spokesman for Deloitte said: "We can now confirm that Blockbuster in Torquay will be closing. I can also confirm that Paignton will be closing."
The Torbay shops were not on the original list of closures announced by Deloitte in January. And they were not mentioned in a subsequent list of planned closures in February, but staff at the store in Torquay were told last week it will be part of the closure programme.
In total more than 300 Blockbuster stores across the country are being closed.
A spokesman for Morrisons would not say whether Torquay or Paignton were on its radar for potential shops.
The spokesman said: "No details have yet been released on our plans."
The supermarket is entering the high street nationwide with smaller stores for the first time to keep up with rivals Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Without definitive confirmation from administrators it is possible Deloitte has another buyer lined up to take over in Torquay and Paignton.
Morrisons has publicly stated it would welcome applications from the Blockbuster employees when it takes over.