Quite the surprise yesterday morning, waking up to find out that Future Shop has basically ceased to exist. It started with me hearing of a 7am meeting at the Dartmouth Crossing Future Shop, the staff was informed that the store was closing effective immediately. Quickly as the hour progressed it became evident that Bayers Lake and Bedford had suffered the same fate.
After all the dust settled it turned out Best Buy had decided to close 66 stores nationwide and convert 65 others to Best Buys. The only surviving NS FutureShop is Sydney where it will open in 2 weeks as a Best Buy. Staff will be receiving 12 weeks severance but that is still 500 FT and 1000 PT workers coast to coast that became unemployed. Best Buy will honour Future Shop Warranties and gift cards.
Checking in with the other national closure, Target. Bayers Lake, Mic Mac and Sydney are scheduled to close before Good Friday and Bedford is done the week after ending Targets short life existance in Nova Scotia.
The Wolfville Pete's Frootique is also on the cutting block, set to close at the end of May. Word is that they just couldn't establish a consistent customer base. There is still plans to build a new store in Rockingham as part of the Motherhouse redevelopment project beside Mount St. Vincent.