WELWYN Garden City’s branch of troubled DVD rental firm Blockbuster will not be in the first wave of stores to close, it has been confirmed.

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This week the chain, which went into administration on Wednesday, announced 129 stores are set to be shut down across the UK.

Administrators Deloitte are currently on the lookout for a buyer.

Last week’s decision meant staff at the Howardsgate store face an anxious wait for news about their jobs.

A Blockbuster spokeswoman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times today (Monday): “The Welwyn Garden City store isn’t on the list (of closures).”

A statement from Deloitte’s Lee Manning said: “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.”

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