TAMPA – Best Buy announced Thursday there will be a closure of 50 stores nationwide. The restructuring of the electronic retail company has already begun in Tampa through the downsizing of retail store space.
More than 100 of the 45,000 square foot stores are scheduled to reduce to 8,000 square foot simillar to the South Tampa Best Buy.
“The brand doesn’t change as far as Best Buy,” said Dave Dickerson of Best Buy South Tampa.
“They’re going to be smaller Best Buys that open up. They’re going to be 8,000 square feet or so. And they’ll still have the selection that you see here, but just not on as wide of a scale,” Dickerson said.
The newer streamline stores will be called Best Buy Mobile.
The Best Buy Mobile South Tampa, was one of the first in the nation and served as a model for the other 100 stores nationwide, like it.
Best Buy Mobile does not have the space for large items such as, washing machines and televisions, but there will be kiosks to order such items online.
The company did not say which stores will be closing as of date, but the 50 store cut represents ten percent of its stores nationwide.