MINNEAPOLIS, June 12, 2008 -- Best Buy announced the grand opening of eight new U.S. Best Buy stores. The new stores opened in June in the following cities:
Kansas City, Mo.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies and $10,000 check presentations to local nonprofits mark the opening of the new destinations for the latest in technology and services. The stores feature the latest store formats, highly-trained employees and interactive displays to create a unique experience as well as to add convenience for every customer. New Best Buy stores also offer a range of products and services to provide customers with end-to-end home theater and computer solutions.
As of June 21, 2008, Best Buy expects to operate 957 U.S. Best Buy stores in 49 states and in Puerto Rico, among other operations.
Best Buy Employees: A People Powered Organization
The company's Blue Shirt employees are the core of Best Buy. As a people-powered organization, Best Buy invests heavily in discovering and training employees in customer service, product knowledge and financial acumen. As the store employees are closest to the customers, the company relies on them for their innovative ideas and feedback to enhance customers’ shopping experiences. Whether an individual's passion is to be the best salesperson on the floor, a Geek Squad Agent, home theater installer or the next CEO, Best Buy fuels employees with the knowledge and resources to achieve their personal ambitions.
Committed to the Community
Best Buy commits to being a vital community partner. Last year, Best Buy and the Best Buy Children’s Foundation donated approximately $30 million to their communities. For more information about Best Buy’s philanthropic efforts, including the Best Buy Teach program, visit www.BestBuy.com and click on the "Community Relations" link.
Best Buy Co., Inc. operates an international portfolio of brands with a commitment to growth and innovation. Our employees strive to provide customers around the world with superior experiences by responding to their unique needs and aspirations. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services through approximately 1,300 retail stores across the United States, throughout Canada and in China. Our multi-channel operations include: Best Buy (BestBuy.com, BestBuy.ca, BestBuy.com.cn and Best BuyMobile.com), Future Shop (FutureShop.ca), Geek Squad (GeekSquad.com and GeekSquad.ca), Pacific Sales Kitchen and Bath Centers (PacificSales.com), Magnolia Audio Video (Magnoliaav.com), Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Co. (Five-Star.cn) and Speakeasy (Speakeasy.net). Best Buy supports the communities in which its employees work and live through volunteerism and grants that benefit children and education.