Farewell to Footlocker and hoorah for the HMV homecoming! The veteran music label is set to return to Oxford Street to the site of the original HMV flagship store. Word broke last week as business newspaper City Am confirmed reports from HMV’s parent company Hilco. The restored shop will be a testament to old-fashioned class, as the company intends to once more use the iconic neon signage for ‘His Master’s Voice’ (last seen in the 1950s), accompanied with an image of the iconic terrier and phonograph.
Trivial trivia: Did you know that the pup in the pic is called Nipper? Born in 1884, the crafty canine earned his name for biting the ankles of those with their backs turned. He was painted by his last owner, Francis Barraud, who tried and failed to sell the image to the Edison Bell company before it was snapped up by officials at The Gramophone Company in 1899. The famous canine has even had a lane (near his resting place) named in his honour, Nipper Alley, Kingston-Upon-Thames. Kitty Knowles