Patt Johnson Des Moines Register Published 1:15 PM EST Nov 16, 2018 The closure of the nation’s biggest retail toy store chain has many Iowa consumers scrambling to fill children’s holiday wish lists this year. Toys R Us liquidated the last of its 800 retail stores this summer, leaving giant toy-shaped holes in Clive, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs and Davenport. So, where can Iowa shoppers turn this holiday season? There's plenty of choices, analysts say. Several national retailers like Target, Walmart, Kohl’s and J.C. Penney have pumped up their holiday toy selections, hoping to get a chunk of the bankrupt toy seller's sales, estimated at $3 billion. And local shops are hoping to get in on the action, too. “The toy retail space has been bustling with activity, and this will continue through the end of 2018,” Juli Lennett, senior vice president at marketing research firm NPD Group said in a statement. … [Read more...] about With Toys R Us gone, where are shoppers buying toys this year?
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U.S. With Thanksgiving just two weeks away more and more stores are releasing their Black Friday flyers for shoppers. Thursday Best Buy released its flyer with all of the “Black Friday doorbusters” included. The flyer is 52 pages long and full of deals on televisions, phones, games and more. There are going to be thousands of deals for the Black Friday shopping day and the flyer said hundreds of those deals were already available online Thursday through Sunday. The prices listed in the Black Friday ad were going to be valid November 22 to the 24 and the doors at the stores were scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in states where it is allowed. Stores were scheduled to open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday for those who don’t get all the deals they want on Thursday night or who would rather stay home with their families for the night before heading out to shop. Some of the deals Best Buy was offering were discounted by hundreds of dollars, those looking to buy … [Read more...] about Best Buy Black Friday 2018 Ad, Flyer: TV, Apple Products and More Listed as Deals
Google is having an event on October 9th, where they will be showing off the new Pixel 3 phones as well the latest Chromecast 3.Maybe we'll get lucky and come back from NY with the new Chromecast. A Reddit user who goes by the alias GroveStreetHomie apparently walked into a Best Buy store to buy a Chromecast 2, instead he walked out with the unreleased Chromecast 3 for the same price.Based on the images, which were earlier published by Android Police, it appears the new Chromecast will come with a matte finish instead of the glossy design on the previous model.Stay tuned to Digital Trends for updates on Google's October 9 event and the new devices we expect to see.I went to Best Buy earlier to pick up a Chromecast for my new TV, then I noticed the packaging and design was different from my first one. Google Chromecast second-generation is now available in India for roughly Rs 3,000. The Chrome logo on the top has been replaced with a subtle G icon, matching the Pixel lineup. For the … [Read more...] about Third-gen Chromecast sold early by Best Buy
The Best Buy store in Howell will close in November after the electronics retailer decided against renewing its lease, a company spokesman confirmed Thursday. Best Buy Spokesman Kevin Flanagan said the store will close on Nov. 3 and that the decision was based on the company's teams evaluating the store's performance. "Decisions like this are always tough," Flanagan said. "By no means is this like the situation where other retailers are closing stores en masse." He said the store was not performing as well as nearby Best Buys in Manalapan and Brick. "Those stores have a better layout for customers and have a better shopping assortment," he said. Best Buy has 28 other locations in New Jersey, including the Brick and Manalapan ones, which are less than 12 miles from the Howell store. Sears, Kmart to close 46 more stores including 1 in N.J. Best Buy is not planning another closures in New Jersey in the immediate future, the spokesman said. Flanagan said all of Howell store's full-time … [Read more...] about Best Buy to close N.J. store in November
One of Best Buy’s most senior executives who helped steer it through a remarkable turnaround is leaving the company, saying the timing is right for her to move on when the company is doing well. Shari Ballard has had a 25-year career with the Richfield-based electronics retailer, rising from an assistant store manager to become a fixture in its C-Suite through some of company’s most turbulent times as many other executives came and went. Ballard, 52, is currently president of multichannel retail overseeing stores, e-commerce, Best Buy Mexico and real estate. She sent an e-mail to employees this afternoon announcing her departure. “My reason for leaving, as simple as it sounds, is that it’s time,” she wrote in the e-mail, which was obtained by the Star Tribune. “I’m not leaving because I’m going somewhere else (I’m not) or because I believe any less in our mission (I don’t). I’m leaving because it’s time for me to … [Read more...] about Executive Shari Ballard is leaving Best Buy