Business

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.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Business idea starting to catch fire
 
South Surrey safety advocate receives national award
 
Treats and trees
B.C. seeks to calm mining worries in Alaska
 
West Maple Ridge welcomes VillageWalk to the neighbourhood
 
The Hobbit: A trilogy of beers
Cross-border shopping takes hit as loonie falls: Poll
 
Burnaby prop house calls it a wrap after 38 years
 
Bundling up

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.