Best Buy Is Bigger And Better Than Ever!

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I received an email last week about the new format of my local Best Buy store. Since Jason’s been looking for outdoor speakers for our new deck, I figured it was a great excuse to make the trip to check things out!

Store Front

I don’t know who those random people are (sorry random customers!), but I wasn’t really paying attention to them when we pulled up to the store. The blue front and classic Best Buy sign was what really caught my eye. I love that you can’t miss it!

Best Buy is kind of near and dear to my heart. Once upon a long time ago, I worked for their corporate office.

I also lived down the block from their original flagship store in Richfield/Edina back in the day. One of the reasons I love the company is because they’ve chosen to stay local, even as they grew to be an international electronics powerhouse. Woohoo for supporting the local economy! Not only that, but they also truly support diversity. You can’t even imagine how excited I was when I found out my friend’s parents were invited to speak at the corporate office about GLTB issues. To me, that was more exciting than some of the employee concerts they put on in the parking lot.

Anyway, back to the store. Sorry, I’ll try to talk less and use more photos to show you what’s new and exciting about it. The theme you’ll see running through the whole store is that it is VERY customer-focused. They’ve redesigned the Geek Squad support and Customer Service areas to make it even easier for visitors to ask questions and get assistance.

Customer Service

The product displays are improved, too. More products are out so you can touch, feel, and play with them. There’s also great signage, so you can read information about the products they have out.

Phone Display

Take the GPS section, for example. I love that the aisle is clearly marked for Car Navigation, and that they have so many different ones out on display AND functional so you can compare the features yourself instead of just reading a description on a box.

GPS

The “virtual environments” (my term, not theirs) is probably my favorite thing, though. They’ve set up spaces that look like real homes. Well, ok, maybe they’re fancier homes than most people have, but still, you can see how appliances would fit in your kitchen.

Virtual Space

Or where a TV would fit in your family room.

Living Room

Jason and I are in the process of finishing our basement, so this area was probably the most exciting for him. He was able to check out all the advances in speaker technology and wall mounting for televisions in one place. Plus, since it was set up like a real house, it helped him visualize ideas for our space.

I wish I had brought a video camera so I could show you guys all of the store. It’s super easy to navigate thanks to a U-shaped sign in the air that lets you know which department is where, no matter where you are in the store. They have staff everywhere to help answer questions, and they’ve also added cash registers in different areas, so that if you’re just running in for, say, a laptop power cord, you can check out right at the computer accessory area without having to wait in line at the front of the store.

Of course, it wouldn’t be much fun if I told you all about the fancy store redesign if you didn’t get a chance to check it out yourself. Best Buy has generously provided $25 gift cards for me to give away to FIVE lucky readers!

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  1. i love buying movies!

  2. Danielle Fouts says:

    they sell Macs and most stores don’t

  3. I love checking out all the new electronics!

  4. April ratani says:

    I like that unlike the online realtors there are products I can touch and test out! And people to talk too!

  5. Jacqualyn W says:

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway :)

  6. dogsMom says:

    I like how they all dress in Blue

  7. That they always have the latest in technology, and that their associates are very knowledgeable about Best Buy products.

  8. Andrea Reaves says:

    I can get all my electronics in one stop.

  9. Theresa H says:

    I love the store…it’s a geek’s paradise

  10. Susan L. M. says:

    I love that it makes my husband happy :) I also like that you can still buy plain ole CDs…we like them for some stuff!

  11. Ha, I’m horrible with these rafflecopter things. I love that they price match!

  12. Caitlin Villasenor says:

    I love best buy! They have great deals and are very helpful. best thing about them is the customer service. they are always willing to help and seem to know what they are talking about and if they dont know they get someone who does

  13. Jacqueline Ellis says:

    Everything :) I do use GeekSquad, they are fab. Helpfull all the time.

  14. Sara Haaf says:

    I love how the people working there actually know things about the products being sold.

  15. Tamara Sz says:

    The great selection!

  16. Lisa Martinez says:

    I love shopping at Best Buys for all my computer needs and DVDS, CdS They have everything I need.

  17. The store is located close to where I live.

  18. I like that you can get a lot of things all at once

  19. Katie Gerlach says:

    Love shopping at BestBuy because I know that I can take all day if I want and the hubby won’t be mad, because he could be there for the same timing if not longer and not be “bored” or sick of looking, testing, and buying.

  20. Danielle Williams says:

    The rewards with Best Buy Rewards Zone

  21. love the great selection at BB!

  22. Geri S. says:

    I love that the people are so helpful! When hubby and I decided to exchange our new tv for a bigger one, we went to the store in town that had one left. The clerk couldn’t find the bigger tv at first, but he grabbed another employee and together they scoured their stock. About 20 minutes later, he came out of the back with the TV on a cart for us!

  23. cortney walls says:

    I love shopping at best buy for their sales and their great warrantys

  24. melanie fleming says:

    I like that i can order online and pick it up. Super easy if i know exactly what i want and it’s backordered!

  25. Michelle D. says:

    I love that there is always someone around to help if you need it but they will leave you alone if you ask!

  26. I love how easy it is to try out the electronics in the displays! I love my local BB too :)

  27. vicky roach says:

    My husbands dream store!love to buy our eletronics there.

  28. TRACY SIMMS says:

    I just like to get cd’s and movies…my husband likes to browse through all the depts …and I have to leave him and go somewhere else because he lives at best buy :)

    thanks, simms3710@yahoo.com

  29. it’s close to my house! lol
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  30. Suzy Allen says:

    We dont’ have ab est buy close, but gift cards don’t expire so I’m sure i’ll be near one at some point

  31. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Always easy to find an associate to help you out and it seems like they can always answer my questions!

  32. Janette says:

    employees not on commission

  33. Maricel Morales says:

    I love Best Buy!!

  34. I really like the Geek squad. I called them with a computr problem & they were able to fix it right over the phone.

  35. Renea Pike says:

    I love their selection of games for Wii and the DS :) They have great prices on CDs when they first come out too!

  36. Kimbre Varney says:

    I love their customer service!

  37. friendly staff but they dont hassle you and force you to buy things you dont need. always have items in stock

  38. Shannon says:

    LOVE their super knowledgeable staff!!!

  39. LoL i jiust spent 1500 there a couple days ago. LoL still need to pick up a few more things before we move

  40. I love their prices! It’s usually the lowest where I live. BTW I think our store may already have had the redesign and they had warm cookies out in the kitchen area. I think they cooked them there, how cool is that!

  41. Mara Zamora says:

    I LOVE the fact that you can test out almost EVERYTHING ! Other stores dont let you test out much and the second you touch an item just to see it the employees run to you and tell you not to open it .

    xoxo

    fingers & toes crossed

    <3

  42. kimberly owens says:

    the vast selection of products to choose from.

  43. Best Buy is probably the best electronics store in Minnesota.

  44. I love how they have the latest technology available and that I can shop online and pick it up at the store if I need to.

  45. stephanie says:

    Buy online and pick it up at store feature is great and can save lots of $$$.

  46. Shirley says:

    The wide selection.

  47. I love Best Buy. I wish they were closer.

  48. Seyma Shabbir says:

    so much variety and great prices

  49. Jessica P. says:

    I love Best Buy,but the nearest one is about 45 minutes away so I rarely shop there.:/

  50. The customer service is great!

  51. the giant screen tvs with the gaming systems, until my hubby gets completely lost in them.
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  52. Dandi D says:

    I bought my computer there and I’ve never had any problems.

  53. Hmm…the one down the street just remodeled too, I’ll have to go check it out!

  54. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    great customer service

  55. Justice Montgomery says:

    Great selection and good deals!

  56. Katie L says:

    I love the knowledgable staff

  57. Michele P. says:

    I really like the personalized help I get when I walk into the store… the staff are really friendly and able to help a person who is um, not so much of a techie lol..

  58. good selection

  59. Thanks for the chance!

  60. Am i the only one who gets lost and confused in best buy? i have a friend who goes in and wades through stuff for me. he usually knows what i need lol

  61. Jessica Beard says:

    I love everything they have. I like buying things for my camera there.

  62. Michelle J says:

    I love Best Buy!

  63. Marissa Berghorst says:

    the cost of computers! Can’t beat them

  64. Stephanie says:

    i love the great selection

  65. I like the variety of their products

  66. Vallon E. says:

    Best Buy is my favorite electronics store! They have everything I need and I especially love their selection of cameras and laptops.

  67. I love their CD’s!
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  68. I love Best Buy, thanks for the chance!

  69. I don’t go there often because it is always SO loud in the store!
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  70. sarah heart says:

    I love how organized they are, and their game section XD

  71. Tracy Awalt Juliano says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever asked a question at Best Buy and not received a good answer. Their employees are very knowledgeable.

  72. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I love looking at all the new gadgets and gizmos that I can only dream about owning! LOL

  73. Ocie Johnson says:

    I love Best Buy…

  74. Nichole miller shamblin says:

    I wish we had a best buy closer than an hour away.

  75. I like the selection and knowledgeable employees.

  76. Wow that sign really does catch your eye !

  77. Linda Kish says:

    I love to buy my computer accessories there.

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  78. carol roberts says:

    the help when u need it

  79. Jessica Snook says:

    I like the selection of games and dvds.

  80. joann tompkins-winborn says:

    love the great selection of products they carry

  81. Jessie C. says:

    I like their great selection of DVDs.

  82. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    It is like a techie candy store. I love looking at the new products!

  83. Jill A. Collins says:

    I love their Rewards Zone program.

  84. Barbara Montag says:

    I always get great customer service at Best Buy.

    Thank you.

  85. how helpful the geek squad is

  86. Cindy B says:

    I love being able to shop at best buy online before I go in to pick up the item (read reviews, find out what’s on sale, etc)

  87. Michele Behlen says:

    I like the large selection of products and the service.

  88. colleen boudreau says:

    The workers are very helpful.

  89. jodi bradshaw says:

    video games

  90. lisa lo says:

    I like all the selection they have.

  91. I really love the service you get at Best Buy. It is hard to find good customer service but they are always so nice and helpful there.

  92. D Schmidt says:

    I love that they stock harder to find DVD’s

  93. Mary Agloro says:

    I can usually find the technology I want there.

  94. Laurie C says:

    I like that you ca someone to help you if you want help, but they’ll leave you alone if you don’t need help.

  95. ruth ramos says:

    i like the deals they have

  96. finding variety you may not get at a non-electronic store

  97. viviana says:

    they have everything i could be looking for! and the great prices :)

  98. Jennifer Jo Archdeacon says:

    I have always loved Bestbuy

  99. I love the great selection AND the great warranties on their electronics!

  100. I love that they have a wide variety of things from DVDs/ blurays to cameras to phones and even appliances.

  101. Every time I shop at best buy, there is always someone to help me & they never laugh at my ignorant questions!

  102. Becky M says:

    I love checking out all the latest electronics!

  103. Christina says:

    I love the variety… they have stuff the hubby loves to browse (video games, movies and computer stuff) and stuff that I love to drool over and hope to own some day (a DSLR camera lol)

  104. I LOVE the Geek Squad!!! They are great!

  105. Barbara says:

    Great selection and low prices–and I love to hit their sales!

  106. Cindy B says:

    Best Buy almost always has what I need!

  107. Tamara Budd says:

    I love their great movie selection.

  108. Pinky Sade says:

    I love that I can find almost everything that I want there!

  109. Rochelle says:

    I love their knowledgeable staff. I picked out a microwave at Bestbuy on my own and it wasn’t very good. So I returned it and asked a worker at Besybuy and he directed me to a different microwave. I have had it for years and it is still working great. Thanks!

  110. Phoenixx says:

    I love buying DVDs and video games

  111. Trung Nguyen says:

    I’d like to buy DVDs

  112. JD Blosser says:

    They have great video game deals

  113. Rajee Pandi says:

    Love to buy iPod touch

  114. Misses Giveaways says:

    I love how the people that work there are actually helpful.

  115. Monica Young says:

    It’s one of my fave stores, the employees are super helpful and they have great prices and selection.

  116. Leann Lindeman says:

    They have an awesome choice of movies!

  117. I love wandering through the store and looking at all the shiny electronics. Cameras, tv’s, computers. Its just fun!

  118. Jessica Miller says:

    I love the selection that they have there!

  119. Cathy Stesney says:

    All the things I can’t afford right now, but gives me something to work hard and save for!

  120. I love shopping for electronics!

  121. Nalane Singh says:

    I love learning about the latest in technology and having it all at one place is great.

  122. Bianca Roman says:

    I never really ‘loved’ shopping at Best Buy :/ Ours is located in a bad spot of town (right after the highway enters/exits) and it’s just really bad traffic..and every time I go there, there’s never enough people and/or no one really cares. I am really excited about the changes they have made (seems long overdue). So I hope now with all the positive changes, I’ll see the inside of the store more :D

  123. Claudia Smigel says:

    love buying my DvD’s at Best Buy

  124. the selection

  125. All the technology is just awesome.

  126. Jeffrey says:

    I like how helpful the staff is at my local Best Buy.

  127. Mia Dentice Carey says:

    Ds games for my son or some cds

  128. Rachel Rodman-Kunkler says:

    they sell macs

  129. CONRAD KAYS CO says:

    AWESOME LOVE IT

  130. Kassie Jo Lauhoff says:

    Awesome Selection of all types of stuff!

  131. Devona Fryer says:

    I love shopping at Best Buy because they have really good prices and a good selection of products.

  132. Micah Pearson says:

    I love how there is always employees seeking to help you with whatever you need

  133. James Van Hooser says:

    I like buying new electronics.

  134. i like the good customer service and being able to try out the gadgets!
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  135. I love the great buys of course. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  136. Carmen Lebron says:

    Just as the name goes Best Buy is the best and has the best prices

  137. I love that Best Buy has everything I need for my electronic needs. Also, I can compare products from their wide selection right in the store to figure out my best match!

  138. Ariel Henry says:

    I love that it’s easy to navigate the store!

  139. I like the selection of products they offer.

  140. christine jessamine says:

    i love how big the selection is for electronics, if i need anything i know i can find it there

  141. Carla Garcia says:

    some DVDs

  142. Brynn D says:

    I love buying blu rays there they always have the best sales!

  143. Jaime Lester says:

    Just being around all of the technology makes me giddy. I only go in with the money that I need to buy a planned product. Otherwise, I would get home with a car full of awesome gadgets.

  144. Jamie Brigham says:

    They have the newest DVD’s in stock and have great sale prices.

  145. I love the anime section
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  146. Jennifer Holovack says:

    I love the huge selection. Every kind of electronic you can think of, movies, music, games, etc.

  147. Kelley K says:

    Love to shop at Best Buy! They have a great selection!

  148. Melanie Morin says:

    I love the nice quality electronics and low priced movies.

  149. Kimberly says:

    I like finding so many choices in one spot! When we replaced our laptop there were so many more to choose from than most other stores and the employees were very helpful and knew what they were selling. They answered every question and I got a great new computer.

  150. We were just thinking of going to best buy for a new camera.

  151. Karen Propes says:

    I love the electronics and that they carry home appliances

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  152. Kasee Johnson says:

    I love learning about all the new gadgets. Their displays are very easy to understand. And I’m glad they changed their return policy, making it much more reasonable.

  153. Kristin says:

    Love buying movies and cds!

  154. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    I love how open and organized it is.

  155. Love me some best buy!

  156. Sue Hull says:

    They have everything I need as far as electronics go. They have better prices than other places. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

  157. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I like the music and DVD selection

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  158. kimbuckjr says:

    I like the LARGE selection of products they carry.

    kimbuckjr

  159. Erinn A says:

    The staff is greeat and I can get my questions answered

  160. Pamela Halligan says:

    The layout – so easy to find what I’m looking for – and the selection of CDs, DVDs, video games, and computer products. Thanks for the giveaway.

  161. Chelle Starfire Futch says:

    Deals!! Every now and again, they have the best deals… like recently, I went in to pick up the Happy Nappers I had bought online for $2.99 each and found Mater from Cars and Thomas the Tank Engine Pillow Pets for just $2.99!!

  162. I like that it’s a one stop shop of sorts. I can get toothbrush heads for my fiancee’s toothbrush, as well as cleaner and new heads for his razor, computer games for me, video games for both of us, and small appliances all at the same store! I go often for one item, but there are many times I go in and get a few different kinds of items. For a techie house hold it’s a great store!
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  163. Rena Hyde says:

    I liove the great deals!

  164. Shelbie Johnston says:

    Love their movies, i’m like a kid in a candy store!

  165. I love checking out all the fun gadgets!
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  166. debbie campbell says:

    I love being able to try out new computers and tech stuff

  167. I would like to buy some kindle fire accessories. Best Buy makes it easy to find things and the employees are very friendly.

  168. I love that they have tablets and whatnot to play on while my hubby really shops lol
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  169. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We love that Best Buy has such a great selection on everything from computers to washing machines.

  170. I like that they have salespeople in each department. Always easy to find someone to help you.
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  171. Sara K. says:

    I like their sales, especially at Christmas time.

  172. I love the Apple desk!

  173. Love their prices!

  174. Dottie Chestnut Lewis says:

    I love getting all my electroincs there!

  175. Callee S. says:

    bestbuy= electronics heaven :)

  176. krista killman says:

    I love looking through all their awesome gadgets !!!

  177. Geek Squad-ers can just tell me what I need. I’m not tech-savvy.
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  178. I love the combination of variety — everything from music and movies, to computer and camera stuff, to home electronics and appliances — and price!
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  179. I love shopping for radio stuff.. just got an xm radio last week from best buy.

  180. Shopping for music

  181. Katie Wessels says:

    Love shopping for new games for the kids at Best Buy!

  182. Love the pick up in store when you order online.
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  183. Ronnie D. says:

    I love that they have just about anything you would need for electronics.

  184. Lisa F. says:

    Best Buy has a pretty good music section.

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