Best Buy UK is still on track to meet its store opening target next year despite this week announcing that it will not open a new outlet in Gateshead in 2011.
Initial indications were that the US electricals retailer would be establishing a presence in the north-east of England during the next 12 months, but such plans have been put on hold for now.
A Best Buy spokesperson told Retail Gazette that there has been no significant change to the company’s store rollout strategy and Gateshead remains a potential city location for the business in the future.
In an official statement, the representative from the firm added: “We have so far announced five new stores for 2011.
“We are in discussions with a number of property owners about securing a variety of potential store locations and markets across the UK.
“We will provide further updates as and when we can confirm agreed stores.”
Best Buy UK’s confirmed new sites for 2011 are in Hayes, Rotherham, Enfield, Cribbs Causeway and Nottingham.
The company’s District Manager Paul Minett detailed the recruitment process for the former three stores in October, saying the hunt for new members of staff at the Rotherham and Hayes stores will begin at the end of this year.
“Team members will be enrolled in Best Buy’s nine-week ‘Blueshirt Academy’ where they will receive training on the latest consumer technology and develop skills for offering personalised, intelligent and impartial service,” he explained.
At present Best Buy UK boasts five stores in its portfolio as well as an online operation, which launched in November.