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Best Buy expected to close even more stores in 2021 than usual as consumers buy more online

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The days of jumping in the car to gaze at big-screen TVs at your neighborhood Best Buy may be numbered. 

Best Buy could close more stores than usual in 2021 as the shift to online shopping accelerates with people more reluctant to venture indoors during COVID-19, CEO Corie Barry said Thursday during the Minneapolis-based electronics retailer’s quarterly earnings. The company has approximately 450 leases coming up for renewal in the next three years or an average of 150 each year.

“As part of the review process, we have closed approximately 20 large-format locations each of the past two years and expect to close a higher number this year,” Barry said. “We have also been reducing the length of our average lease term, which will continue to provide us flexibility.”



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