Almost 180 staff at troubled music retailer Zavvi have lost their jobs after administrators closed 22 stores.
Ernst & Young said the closures would be effective immediately. None of the affected stores are in the West Midlands.
Joint administrator Tom Jack said: “Despite record consumer demand since Christmas, it is no longer possible to support continued trading across all of the Zavvi stores.
“Unfortunately the current difficulties faced on the UK high street seem to be discouraging retailers from investing in a significant number of new stores.”
He said the 178 workers would receive support from the Insolvency Service’s Redundancy Payment Office and Jobcentre Plus.
The remaining 92 Zavvi stores will continue to trade as efforts to sell the business continue.