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Shuttered Best Buy greets South Surrey employees

A sign announcing the sudden closure of Best Buy
A sign announcing the sudden closure of Best Buy's South Surrey location greets shoppers Thursday.
— image credit: Alex Browne photo

Best Buy has closed its Morgan Crossing store permanently.

Thursday, doors were shut, brown paper covered windows and signs advised customers the store is now closed, directing them to Best Buy’s Langley and Surrey locations.

The South Surrey location is one of seven Best Buy and eight Future Shop big-box stores closing across Canada, as part of a restructuring plan announced Thursday by the B.C.-based retailer.

Affected Best Buy sites also include Queensborough, Nanaimo, Victoria and Langford in B.C. and Lachenaie and Sherbrooke in Quebec. Closed Future Shop sites include West Kelowna in B.C., Laval in Quebec, Regent in Manitoba, Macleod in Alberta and Ancaster, Barrie South and Erin Mills in Ontario.

Security guards outside the local store Thursday said the closure had come into effect that morning.

They said first-shift workers arriving at the store had been surprised by the news, but that management had been calling all other workers to inform them directly of the closure.

Best Buy said affected employees will receive “severance support,” as well as access to employee assistance and career-transition programs.

They will also be given hiring priority at other Best Buy and Future Shop stores, the company said, as it moves into the second phase of the restructuring plan, which will include new Future Shop Small-Concept web stores and Best-Buy Mobile locations across Canada in addition to the more traditional big-box operations.

 

 

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