HMV is returning to Warrington – but in a deal which will see independent record shop Head close down.

The home entertainment giant will be moving back into the same Golden Square store it shut the doors on when the chain collapsed in January 2013.

Head, run by Penketh-born Les Whitfield, moved into the unit in September 2013 but lost their deal on the lease after HMV expressed an interest in returning to the town.

Les, a former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil, said: "Head has had a flexible lease since opening in Warrington.

"HMV has looked at whether it can secure a deal with landlords in locations they previously closed.

"Understandably if the deal from HMV is more financially beneficial than the deal with Head they are going to go with that deal.

"Head will continue to trade from its other five stores and this month will be launching the website.

"I would like to thank all our customers since we have been open for shopping with us and for the work and energy the staff have put into the store."

Around two and a half years on from its collapse, HMV is said to be making a comeback, rivalling Amazon as the UK's biggest music and DVD retailer.

But independent rival Head was largely welcomed by music fans when it opened its doors in Golden Square and the shop attracted the likes of Catfish and The Bottlemen and The Cribs for in-store gigs.

The record shop is currently holding a closing down sale but a closure date has yet to be set.