Best Buy to open first Vancouver Island store

    Canada's fastest growing consumer electronics retailer and e-tailer will
    open its first Vancouver Island location in Nanaimo

    NANAIMO, BC, July 4 /CNW/ - Best Buy, Canada's fastest growing consumer
electronics retailer and e-tailer announced today that it will grand open its
first Vancouver Island store in Nanaimo on Friday, July 18th. The new 25,000
square foot store will extend its official grand opening celebrations through
the weekend with celebrity appearances and customer activities, the highlight
of which will be a free outdoor performance by JUNO Award-winning artist
Jully Black on Saturday, July 19, 2008 starting at 3:30 pm.
    The Nanaimo location, which will be the 52nd store Best Buy has opened in
less than six years, will serve as the consumer electronic giant's most
western location and will solidify its coast-to-coast national footprint.
    "We are thrilled to finally open our first Vancouver Island retail
location", says Charles Tobin, senior vice president of Best Buy. "As the
gateway community to many other regions, Nanaimo was a location of choice for
us. Best Buy stores offer a unique shopping experience - one that we believe
the residents of Nanaimo and surrounding communities will embrace."
    As the only Best Buy store on Vancouver Island, the chain will service
communities extending well beyond the borders of Nanaimo and opens the door to
nearly 100 new full and part-time positions for those with a variety of skill
sets and interests.
    "Best Buy offers a no pressure, no-commission shopping environment that
is appealing to both customers and employees," says Dave Rowett, general
manager, Best Buy store, Nanaimo. "We have had an overwhelming response to
employment opportunities - a testament, not only to the need for job
opportunities in the community, but also for the reputation Best Buy has built
for itself across the country."
    To celebrate its introduction and commitment to Nanaimo and its
surrounding communities, Best Buy will present a cheque for $20,000 to Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island during the grand opening
ceremony on July 19th. In addition to an ongoing partnership with Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Canada, Best Buy's commitment to the community extends to the
environment. The brand encourages customers to consider recycling alternatives
when disposing of unneeded electronics and offers a free in-store recycling
program for some portable electronics and other items such as batteries, ink
cartridges and CDs/DVDs. Further details on this program are available online
    The Best Buy Nanaimo store is fully equipped to deal with the needs of
small business customers, employing a team of dedicated professionals working
in the store's Best Buy For Business area along with a force of Geek Squad
Agents ready to assist individual or business computer support needs in-store,
in-home or in-office.
    The Nanaimo store offers the full complement of brand name products all
backed by the Best Buy low price guarantee. In addition, Best Buy offers
customers an exclusive loyalty program, Reward Zone(TM) that awards members
with points for purchases as well as additional exclusive rewards and
benefits. Further details on Reward Zone(TM) are available at

    About Best Buy

    Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy
Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:  BBY). Best
Buy is Canada's fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer
( of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment
software and also operates the Geek Squad. ( There are over
50 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario,
Quebec and Nova Scotia.
    Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest
technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and
communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their
skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.
    For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange a tour of the store, please
contact: Kelly Aldinger, NATIONAL Public Relations, (604) 638-7453; Heather
Seabrook, Communications, Best Buy Canada, (778) 999-1735

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