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Best Buy in Rocky Mount to close permanently in May

Posted April 14, 2012

— The Best Buy located on North Wesleyan Boulevard in Rocky Mount will be one of the 50 big-box stores the company closes to help cut costs and restructure, the electronics retailer confirmed Saturday. 

Employees of the store were notified of the decision Saturday morning, the company said. The store will be closed Saturday, but reopen Sunday for final sales. Its final day of operation will be May 12. 

In March, Best Buy announced it would be opening 100 small-format stores focusing on its mobile business to help offset the loss in big-box locations. The company, based in Minneapolis, is planning to cut $800 million in costs over the next five years.

Best Buy said in a statement Saturday that it will be working with employees to try and find them other positions within the company.

If those employees don't find new positions, or if they choose not to work at another location, a transition including severance packages will be available. 

Customers doing business with the Rocky Mount store are also being contacted, the company said. There are 17 Raleigh-area Best Buy locations, including 11 big-box stores and six Best Buy Mobile stores. 

Saturday's announcement is yet another blow to a struggling Rocky Mount economy. In January, Rocky Mount's 12.7 percent unemployment rate was the highest rate among the state's metropolitan area.

In January, Sears and Old Navy also announced that they would be closing stores in the city.


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  • Guesswho121 Apr 19, 2012

    I heard that eventually they will do away with the mall and have outside stores similar to the stores in Wilson. People that have a problem with Rocky Mount should go to the stop the violence meeting. It will take more than RMPD and the City Council to do this. If you want to see a change in your town then stop complaining and do something. The downtown Douglas block looks really nice.

  • Guesswho121 Apr 19, 2012

    As many times as I have been through Rocky Mount, I have yet to find 1 reason why anyone would stop or visit there.
    April 16, 2012 12:40 p.m

    Then find another route and stop going through there!

  • swimfreak19 Apr 19, 2012

    Ok..they can't still seriously be calling themselves the city on the rise can they?

  • scubas55468 Apr 16, 2012

    Wishing the employees can find other livelihood.

  • nowon_yuno Apr 16, 2012

    It still counts as CHANGE!

  • tallywhacker2000 Apr 16, 2012

    As many times as I have been through Rocky Mount, I have yet to find 1 reason why anyone would stop or visit there.

  • awood2 Apr 16, 2012

    It is sad to see all these stores closing. Good luck to all the employees finding other jobs out there.

  • jjacenko Apr 16, 2012

    Also....God Bless all the Best Buy employees here in Rocky Mount and I pray they all find jobs really soon. Good Luck out there! Heard that Hospira has over 100 positions open in Rocky Mount.

  • jjacenko Apr 16, 2012

    This is very sad news to our city. Unemployment is high, crime is high. So very sad to a city that has soooo much potential. All I can do is pray that the Lord intervens in our city and helps our city council and city officals do the job that they need to do. They say "Buy Local" but how is that possible when everything is closing and I am sorry but I don't feel like going to the mall to put my family's life at risk due to shootings. I don't even go to the Walmart in Rocky Mount anymore I travel to Nashville. It's sad to see that crime is taking over our city and that we are concerned to go to the mall and Walmart. I believe that these stores not only aren't making money here but also see the criminal stats and choose the best way is to be out of this city. Again I pray that one day our city will be ours again and many things improve for all of us here.

  • ghhelms Apr 16, 2012

    It is sad that Rocky Mount stores are closing and adding to the overall poverty of the area. Big Box stores deal with loss prevention and detection in cities with high unemployment. Merchandice just walks out the front door. Rocky Mount is getting exactly what it wanted, entitlement, crime, depreciation, and ignorance. Would you start or move a business into that situation.