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The North Avenue store is one of two locations in the country to feature Samsung’s Center Stage, a display that showcases Samsung appliances through a unique touch-screen interface. It's a super cool, giant screen that allows you to redesign your space or do a side by side comparison with life sized appliances. Fun fun. And we're lucky enough to be one of just TWO stores in the whole country to have one. So come check it out.
What we liked:
- Space... It's not just the final frontier. Best Buy's new remodel leaves shoppers plenty of space to roam without feeling crowded in by appliances or other people. And they've actually expanded their selection.
- Hands on displays. The days of no touch merch are over. One of the biggest benefits to buying locally vs on line, is using your 5 senses to truly try out and experience what you're thinking about buying. Like great museums, Best Buy encourages interaction with their displays! There are plenty of screens, headphones, samples and demos for you to play with and compare.
- Comfy viewing rooms. You can see large screen TVs and listen to sound systems in their natural habitat... a living room! Just like great zoos do away with bars and showcase lovely settings, Best Buy has done away with locked cages full of stacked TVs and tech toys that you see at big box retailers. Instead they've given shoppers loads of couches, recliners and smaller listening rooms where you can relax and pretend your home is as comfy, spacious and uncluttered as this. Can I just move in and live here?
Maybe if I buy that sweet OLED TV I can feel like this at my house with snacks and drinks!
So get off your computer and go already. Come on by and check it out. They have loads of hot toys off kids' wish lists like Super Smash Bros for 3DS and the newest Skylanders Trap Team.
The following Chicagoland stores have had big renovations and all 43 area store have been revitalized:
1. Store #301 Butterfield Road and #316 Downers Grove South – City of Downers Grove
2. Store #307 Joliet – City of Joliet
3. Store #310 Naperville – Cities of Aurora / Naperville
4. Store #323 North Avenue – Downtown Chicago
5. Store #318 Vernon Hills – City of Vernon Hills
6. Store #308 Orland Park – City of Orland Park
7. Schaumburg #305 – City of Schaumburg
Best Buy is investing millions into the Chicago area renovating or updating the stores this year – highlighted by new Pacific Kitchen and Home departments added. These renovations all wrap up just in time for Holiday shopping and ensure the customer experience for everyone in the Chicago area is even better.
Best Buy Revamps North Avenue Store in Time for Holiday Shopping Season
Store revitalization project impacted all 43 Chicagoland stores
Best Buy has made a number of enhancements to its North Avenue store in time for the holiday shopping season. The company spent $20 million dollars over the summer remodeling all 43 Chicagoland stores.
Chicago was one of the original markets Best Buy expanded to in the early 90s. Each store has been refreshed with new fixtures and finishes – from new paint and lighting to updated carpeting and bathrooms to make for a better customer shopping experience.
New Shopping Areas
New store features now provide customers with more choice in appliances, a best-in-class home theater shopping experience and new shopping areas from top brands.
The store appliances departments have expanded to include a larger variety of both large and small appliances.
The home theater sections have been remodeled to highlight new TV technology like 4K and UHD displays. New Samsung and Sony Experiences in the North Avenue store now showcase this technology.
Best Buy is strengthening its local community ties as the lead sponsor for the Chicago City of Learning, a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools, DePaul University, the MacArthur Foundation and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. This initiative helps connect youth with out-of-school time and online learning opportunities to help develop technology skills for the future. Students earn digital badges when they participate in programs or complete online activities like learning how to code, mix digital music or create short films.
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