Best Buy spares Issaquah store from closure

April 17, 2012

Best Buy plans to spare the Issaquah store from closure as the electronics retailer closes 50 stores nationwide in a bid to cut costs.

Executives announced the closure plan March 29, but did not release the list of affected stores until April 14. The only Washington store impacted under the plan is in Vancouver.

The company plans to close most of the stores by May 12 and the additional locations by late summer.

Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy announced plans in February 2010 to open a store in Issaquah. The outpost opened in November 2010 in the same retail center as Fred Meyer.

The local Best Buy sprawls across almost 40,000 square feet in the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.

In addition to the closures, Best Buy plans to eliminate about 400 positions in corporate and support areas, and cut costs by $800 million.

 

Best Buy announces closures, but no plans for Issaquah store

April 3, 2012

Best Buy announced a plan March 29 to close 50 stores nationwide, but the electronics retailer did not outline the future for the Issaquah store.

“We will announce details about additional, specific store locations and timing for closings as they are finalized,” a company representative said in a response to emailed questions.

In February 2010, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. The store opened in the same retail center as Fred Meyer in November 2010, just in time for the holiday shopping rush.

The local Best Buy sprawls across almost 40,000 square feet in the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.

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Best Buy announces closures, but no plans for Issaquah store

April 2, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 2, 2012

Best Buy announced a plan March 29 to close 50 stores nationwide, but the electronics retailer did not outline the future for the Issaquah store.

“We will announce details about additional, specific store locations and timing for closings as they are finalized,” a company representative said in a response to emailed questions.

In February 2010, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. The store opened in the same retail center as Fred Meyer in November 2010, just in time for the holiday shopping rush.

The local Best Buy sprawls across almost 40,000 square feet in a former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries.

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Best Buy opens long-awaited Issaquah store

November 20, 2010

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Nov. 20, 2010

Best Buy opens at 10 a.m. Saturday — just in time for the holiday shopping rush.

The store, located near Fred Meyer in the East Lake Center plaza along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, stretches across almost 40,000 square feet.

The store offers familiar Best Buy services, including the Geek Squad tech support team.

Best Buy started hiring employees for the store in early October.

The store occupies the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and Pacific Fabrics spaces. In February, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. La-Z-Boy closed in June.

Best Buy clears permit hurdle

August 17, 2010

The city has OK’d a part of a plan to turn vacant storefronts into electronics retailer Best Buy.

City planners approved the initial permit to modify the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and Pacific Fabrics spaces along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The city announced the approval Aug. 11.

Best Buy plans to use 38,830 square feet of the available 45,440 square feet for a store. The leftover space will remain available for a future tenant.

Besides changes to the interior, the project calls for revisions to the delivery and service driveway, and loading dock, behind the building. The plan also includes modifications to the building exterior.

The plan does not include any proposed changes to the parking lot or the access from the retail center and the road.

The applicant has requested additional signage for the store. The city plans to handle the signage issue as a separate permit.

Planners continue to review separate permits for interior and exterior alterations, plus proposed public works changes.

In February, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. La-Z-Boy closed in June.

City planners mull Best Buy permit

July 20, 2010

The planned Best Buy at East Lake Center inched closer to reality earlier this month, as city planners started reviewing a permit application from the electronics chain.

Best Buy seeks to remodel the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in the shopping center along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Plans call for Best Buy to occupy the former furniture store and the long-empty Pacific Fabrics space. The store should open by early 2011.

Best Buy has proposed to modify the front of the building, as well as the truck-loading dock in the back. In order to accommodate the updated delivery area, the chain has proposed added landscaping to the north, east and west sides of the building.

In February, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. La-Z-Boy closed last month.

City planners mull Best Buy proposal

July 8, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. July 8, 2010

The planned Best Buy at East Lake Center inched closer to reality Wednesday, as city planners started reviewing a permit application from the electronics chain.

Best Buy seeks to remodel the former La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in the shopping center along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Plans call for Best Buy to occupy the former furniture store and the long-empty Pacific Fabrics space. The store should open by early 2011.

Best Buy has proposed to modify the front of the building, as well as the truck loading dock in the back. In order to accommodate the updated delivery area, the chain has proposed added landscaping to the north, east and west sides of the building.

In February, Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — announced plans to open a store in Issaquah. La-Z-Boy closed at the site last month.

Best Buy to replace La-Z-Boy

June 8, 2010

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast will close by early July in the busy East Lake Center shopping complex anchored by Fred Meyer and The Home Depot. La-Z-Boy will clear out merchandise in a closeout sale.

But the space might not be empty for long. National electronics retailer Best Buy plans to open a store in the fall or early next year in the La-Z-Boy space and in the former Pacific Fabrics space next door. Best Buy and city officials announced the plan in February.

Retail giants plan Issaquah stores

February 16, 2010

Sports Authority, Best Buy coming soon

Sports Authority will open a store in the Northwest Gilman Boulevard space last occupied by Joe’s — the defunct sporting goods chain — by late spring.

Meanwhile, Best Buy plans to open a store in the former Pacific Fabrics space along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — plans to open the Issaquah store in the fall or early next year, company spokeswoman Jill Nezworski said. City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said city officials continue to work alongside Best Buy to resolve signage issues before the electronics retailer opens a store there.

Sports Authority — based in Englewood, Colo. — operates several stores in the Puget Sound region, with the Crossroads Mall store in Bellevue as the closest outpost to Issaquah.

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Sports Authority gears up for spring opening; Best Buy plans to open by next winter

February 10, 2010

UPDATED — 12:08 p.m. Feb. 10, 2010

Sports Authority will open a store in the Northwest Gilman Boulevard space last occupied by Joe’s — the defunct sporting goods chain — by late spring.

Meanwhile, Best Buy has expressed interest in the former Pacific Fabrics space along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said city officials continue to work alongside Best Buy to resolve signage issues before the electronics retailer opens a store there.

Best Buy — headquartered in Richfield, Minn. — plans to open the Issaquah store in the fall or early next year, spokeswoman Jill Nezworski said Wednesday.

Sports Authority operates several stores in the Puget Sound region, with the Crossroads Mall store in Bellevue as the closest outpost to Issaquah. The chain is based in Englewood, Colo.

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