DVD and video games rental firm Blockbuster UK has gone into administration, putting more than 4,000 jobs at risk.
Administrators Deloitte said the collapse was driven by competition from internet firms and digital streaming of movies and games.
The Uxbridge-based business, which has stores on Holt Street in Wrexham, and Boughton in Chester, opened its first store in London in 1989 and now trades from 528 outlets, employing 4,190 staff.
A spokesman for Deloitte said: “In recent years Blockbuster has faced increased competition from internet-based providers along with the shift to digital streaming of movies and games.
“We are working closely with suppliers and employees to ensure the business has the best possible platform to secure a sale, preserve jobs and generate as much value as possible for all creditors.
“The core of the business is still profitable and we will continue to trade as normal in both retail and rental whilst we seek a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern.
“During this time, gift cards and credit acquired through Blockbuster’s trade-in scheme will be honoured towards the purchase of goods.”
The news comes following the high-profile retail collapse of stricken music chain HMV, putting nearly 4,500 jobs at risk.
But bosses of the 92-year-old business are insisting there is still a viable future.
HMV chief executive Trevor Moore said: “I am every bit as passionate about HMV as I was when I joined in September. I'd like to be involved in the business going forward if the opportunity presented itself.
“I would like to personally pay tribute to the 4,500 people who work for HMV. Clearly, this is a very worrying time for them and their families.”
Maureen Fidler, of Minera, Wrexham, tried to buy DVDs and CDs with a £60 voucher at the Wrexham store yesterday, but was refused.
She said: “I'd bought the voucher for some disabled relatives and they had given me a shopping list of the things they wanted. I tried to pay and I was told I couldn’t. I think it’s absolutely disgusting.”
It also follows the closure of 422 stores belonging to Jessops and Comet, with the loss of 8,000 jobs.