Music retailer HMV has expanded their operations by partnering with Tesco to open concessions in 80 of its stores nationwide. Tesco – which has 142 stores nationwide – will roll out the new HMV concessions by December.

The HMV @ Tesco branded concessions will offer music, DVDs and video games based on stock from HMV’s own stores. The deal between the two retail outlets is exclusive to Tesco Ireland outlets and won’t be seen in British stores.

Rental specialists and HMV’s sister business Xtra-vision have already partnered with SuperValu to provide entertainment kiosks in 100 stores nationwide.

The two business are owned by Hilco Capital Ireland which has added HMV concessions to 51 Xtra-vision stores, an incentive which turned a combined €95 million profit here in 2014.

At the time Hilco boss Paul McGowan, added: “In a year when major new movie releases have been scarce and there have been only a few major album successes, HMV and Xtra-vision have captured more and more market share. With a bumper year of new releases already planned for 2015 we expect the Group to have overall growth in like-for-like DVD and BluRay sales as well as continued growth in the physical music sector with vinyl also expected to continue its revival.”

This news is another development in the recovery traction plan of both stores after a turbulent period in the history of both businesses.

HMV Ireland in particular flirted with disaster when in February 2013 every store in the country was closed with immediate effect and 300 jobs were lost. Hilco stepped in, bought the company and by the end of the year many stores were reopened across Ireland.

Tesco meanwhile experienced a tough year of controversy and declining sales but look to have sufficiently by recently recovering to reclaim their position as the biggest retailer in Ireland.