Best Buy is slated to be the next major retailer to close its store in Rocky Mount.
The company announced plans Saturday the big-box store at 1100 N. Wesleyan Blvd. will close May 12.
According to a statement from Best Buy, the store’s employees were notified of the decision at a Saturday morning meeting.
“This was not an easy decision to make. We chose this store carefully, and are working to ensure the impact to our employees will be as minimal as possible,” the release states.
Best Buy was closed Saturday and reopens today to begin final sales.
The store at Golden East Crossing mall is one of 50 stores across the country Best Buy is closing as part of a “transformation strategy.”
“But we also recognize the impact this news has on the people who deserve respect for the contributions they have made to our business,” the release states.
While Best Buy is working to help the store’s employees find other positions inside the company, a transition including severance packages will be available to those employees who either don’t find positions or choose not to work in a different location.
“Because we are working with affected employees to help them find other positions inside Best Buy, we are not disclosing any employee counts (Saturday) – at a local or national level,” said Kelly Groehler, senior manager with Best Buy corporate public relations.
Customers unaware of the closing and attempting to enter the store on Saturday were turned away with coupons for other Best Buy locations, the closest of which is in Wilson.
The event is the latest in an growing list of stores choosing to leave the area, including Home Depot, Sears and Old Navy.