Morrisons has bought six HMV stores as it accelerates the expansion of its convenience retail offering.

The shops, located in London and the South East, were purchased from the company’s administrators Deloitte and will be converted into Morrisons M local units, which should begin trading in the summer.

Last week the supermarket secured 49 former Blockbuster stores and at the beginning of the month it acquired seven formers Jessops shops.

Morrisons said the latest purchase would help it exceed its target of operating 70 convenience stores by the end of 2013.

“We have either opened or acquired 70 stores just one month into our financial year so we are pleased that we will exceed our 2013 target,” said Morrisons convenience MD Gordon Mowat.

“Our focus is now on opening these stores as soon as we can as well as pushing on to secure even more sites. This is a big expansion year for us and we have got off to a great start.”

Morrisons currently trades in 13 convenience stores across the UK and yesterday opened its first London Morrisons M local in Uxbridge Road, Ealing.

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