COLLAPSED DVD and games rental firm Blockbuster is to close 129 of its 528 stores in the coming weeks – and the stores in Huddersfield and Mirfield are set to close.

But the shop in Cleckheaton will be remaining open for now.

The three local shops are on Wakefield Road, Waterloo; Knowl Road, Mirfield and Northgate, Cleckheaton.

Staff at the Waterloo and Mirfield branches said no-one could comment on the closures.

Each Blockbuster store normally employs around five people.

The latest move will make 760 of Blockbuster’s 4,190 employees redundant, its administrator confirmed over the weekend.

Thirty-one stores have already been put on notice of closure with a number of closing-down promotions announced.

Lee Manning from administrator Deloitte said: “Having reviewed the portfolio with management, the store closure plan is an inevitable consequence of having to restructure the company to a profitable core which is capable of being sold.

“We would like to thank the company’s employees for their support and professionalism during this difficult time. We are also grateful to the customers for their continued support.”

The administrator said an employee helpline and an “employee assistance programme” are in place to help staff find other jobs.

Stores will remain open for business as usual for now and customers will be notified in advance of closure so they can return their outstanding rental items beforehand.

The firm’s trading woes were blamed on competition from internet firms and digital streaming of movies and games.

Blockbuster had struggled to adapt to the changing market and rivalry from internet retailers including Netflix, Amazon’s LoveFilm and iTunes, which now offers a movie rental service.

The devastating impact of the internet on Britain’s high street had already been laid bare with the demise of camera chain Jessops and electricals group Comet, which also cited competition from online players as a major reason for their downfall.