According to InternetRetailing.net, Best Buy will close all of its stores in the United Kingdom. Best Buy has 11 retail outlets in the country. It first started opening these stores almost 18 months ago. The stores are a joint venture between Carphone Warehouse in the UK and the US electronics giant Best Buy, showed a loss before tax of £46.7m in the half-year to September 30, according to C&VG. The first Best Buy store opened in May 2010 in Thurrock, Essex. Stores in locations including Bristol, Hayes and Nottingham opened shortly thereafter.
"After conducting a thorough strategic review of our operations, we believe that our capital investment and 'connectivity' strategy should be prioritised within our Carphone Warehouse stores as they offer a higher and proven rate of return," Andrew Harrison, CEO of Best Buy Europe said. "The technology world has changed substantially since 2008 and we are confident we will best serve our customers by investing in a single brand and format rather than two."
The stores are expected to close by the end of the year.