Best Buy Opens Doors in Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – The former Future Shop store in the Brookwood Plaza off Highway 16 opens as a Best Buy outlet today, although it will still have the Future Shop signage on the building.
Elliott Chun, Communications Manager with Best Buy Canada in Brampton, Ontario says “As a result of Best Buy Canada’s consolidation of Future Shop into Best Buy, we have closed half the number of our Future Shop stores and are currently renovating and rebranding the other half into Best Buy, including Prince George.” Best Buy has owned the Future Shop franchise for the past 14 years. An employee at the store here says the Future Shop signs will be replaced with Best Buy signs but it will take a little time.
Several people were seen going into the Prince George store on Friday. The employee told 250 News that some were undergoing training while others were working on restructuring within the store. The employee said some of the employees at the former Future Shop store had retained their jobs, others had not.
The employee understood that the store is to open to the public at 10 this morning but was not aware of any in-store promotions to mark the re-opening.
“Specific to Prince George” says Chun, “we’re thrilled we can maintain our presence in a market that’s proven to have an excellent customer base who shops with our company in-store and online. We’re looking forward to introducing the Best Buy experience as we transition – customers will begin seeing rebranding and investments happening in our stores in the next couple of months. This includes a new-look flyer and e-newsletters in the coming weeks.”
Chun says “all Future Shop products, including gift cards, will be accepted at any Best Buy Canada location and at BestBuy.ca. Existing product orders, service appointments, and warranties will continue to be honoured. Also, we have contacted all impacted customers directly regarding delivery, appointments, on-site units, pre-orders etc.”
Anyone with questions can call 1-866-BEST BUY (237-8289) or visit BestBuy.ca/questions for information.