HMV has announced plans to open a series of temporary stores across the UK in the build up to Christmas.
Over the next few weeks, the music, games and books chain will set up 10-15 shops, in areas that were once occupied by Zavvi or Woolworths.
HMV are planning to shut most of the temporary sites in January but those that have an exceptional Christmas may become permanent.
Store spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: "In the run up to Christmas there is such a massive demand and there is a real surge of people coming in.
"About 40% of all our sales take place in the run up to Christmas and sometimes its difficult to cater for that demand as efficiently as you’d like.
"Having the opportunity to have another store where you can cater for that demand is obviously something we see as a positive."
"In the run up to Christmas there is a massive demand and a real surge in sales."
Gennaro Castaldo, HMV spokesman
HMV plan to set up shop in Torquay, Lewisham, Loughborough, Bedford, Burnley, Bury and Hartlepool.
Earlier this year, the chain reported an 18% rise in annual profits after the collapse of former High Street rivals Woolworths and Zavvi.
HMV said the closure of its two competitors helped like-for-like sales at its UK and Republic of Ireland shops rise 1.9% over the last year.
Woolworths closed down all of its 807 outlets back in January after the company went into administration in November 2008.
Zavvi, whose main supplier was Woolworths, also went into administration and closed shortly afterwards.
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