THIS IS THE kind of news we can all do without.
The Best Buy store in Marquette Township is closing down. Last day of business is expected to be October 31st.
Corporate headquarters and local management so far are not commenting on the closure, although an official press release is expected within the next day.
We got word of the closure from two employees who said they were told of the company’s plans at a meeting and on phone calls late yesterday.
The precise reason for the closure is uncertain, but it’s apparently part of corporate-wide closing of stores. That number is uncertain.
Will Best Buy be moving elsewhere in town or in the county? We’re told No.
This comes at a time after several other large bricks-and-mortar stores have closed up shop locally–including Shopko, Office Max, Gander Mountain, Gander Outdoors, Penney’s, Pier One, and Younkers.
The increase in online buying is considered a major factor in the shutdowns.
What makes the Best Buy story unusual is that it’s a relatively new store and it’s part of a dynamic, admired corporation featuring consumer electronics, which most of us seem to love and need.
Where to go for that from now on? Good question.