The East Antrim MLA said: “This announcement will have a disproportionate impact on Northern Ireland with four out of the 18 stores earmarked for closure today being located here. Other closures announced last week by the company did not affect Northern Ireland, but today’s news has rocked the local retail industry.
“This news will hit local economies hard as Zavvi stores bring shoppers into retail areas and boost other businesses nearby.
“This is yet more bad news for Northern Ireland and there is little sign that the Stormont Executive’s work is doing anything to help stop the continuous job losses. Local Ministers must show leadership and vision to protect our economy. We need radical strategies to promote entrepreneurship and take an environmentally-sound path out of these tough economic times.
“59 jobs will be lost across the four affected Zavvi stores here, and staff must be provided with appropriate assistance to help them find alternative employment.”