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Best Buy gives store closing locations

AP, Richfield, Minnesota

Best Buy on Saturday announced the locations of 50 stores that it is closing this year, including seven in California, six in Illinois and six in the company’s home state of Minnesota.

The struggling electronics chain said last month that it would close some of its so-called big box stores, cut 400 corporate jobs and trim US$800 million in costs. Best Buy plans to open 100 smaller, more profitable Best Buy Mobile stores.

The company is trying to avoid the fate of Circuit City, which went out of business in 2009. It faces slower sales of expensive items like TVs, plus increased competition from Amazon.com and discount stores like Target.

Best Buy has about 1,400 locations in the US. It has already closed two stores this year, one in Missouri and one in Arizona. Most of the rest of the 50 will close on May 12; others this summer.

Best Buy said it would try to find other jobs in the company for the workers.

On Tuesday, Best Buy said chief executive Brian Dunn had resigned after the board of directors began investigating his “personal conduct.” The company lost US$1.7 billion in the most recent quarter, partly because of restructuring costs.

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