HMV have confirmed that music fans will be able to spend their gift vouchers in store from today (January 22).
Previously, thousands of fans' vouchers had been left worthless after it was announced that the retailer, which entered administration in the face of mounting debts last week, would not be accepting them as a method of payment.
The move led to widespread criticism from shoppers, many of whom had received vouchers as Christmas presents.
"I am pleased to confirm that, having concluded [an] assessment [of the business], we are able to honour gift cards," Nick Edwards, joint administrator for HMV Group, HMV Music and Fopp, announced yesterday. "I can also confirm that all money raised by HMV for various charities will be paid in full. We recognise that both of these matters have caused concern for individuals and organisations affected and are pleased to have reached a positive outcome."
Make sure you pick up the new issue of Kerrang!, out tomorrow, for a full report on what HMV's battles mean for rock music.