7:30 p.m., March 27)
Orléans' Future Shop location to reopen as Best
Buy on April 4
By Fred Sherwin
temporarily closed sign adorns the front window
of the Future Shop store on Innes Road aong
with a 'Now Hiring' sign. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Shop customers arriving at the store's Innes Road location
in Orléans this morning were surprised to find
the doors locked and a sign saying that the store was
temporarily closed and would reopen on April 4 as a Best
Innes Road location is among 131 stores across Canada
that have been closed as part of a massive restructuring
by its parent company Best Buy Canada Ltd. Sixty-six of
the stores will remained closed permanently, while 65
stores including the Innes Road location have been closed
temporarily to allow for the rebranding.
sign at the Innes Road location included a message to
the store's customers, although maybe not so much to its
employees who have been temporarily left in limbo: "We
appreciate your patience during this transition and look
forward to serving you again when we reopen".
sign also referred customers to the nearest Best Buy store
which they gave as the Merivale Road location, omitting
the fact that the nearest Best Buy store is on Coventry
Road beside the former Lynx Stadium.
restructuring will effect 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time
employees, none of whom were given any prior notice. Many
of the employees at the Innes Road store didn't find out
that the store had been closed until the showed up for
half of the employees nationwide will be hired back to
work in the rebranded Best Buy stores. How that policy
will play out at the Orléans location is anybody's
employees who showed up together for their afternoon shift,
reacted with confusion, anger and disbelief at the news
the store was temporarily closed.
didn't ease their anxiety that the temporarily closed
signs were positioned above two "Now Hiring"
signs with the web address www.bestbuy.ca/careers.
not sure what to say, I don't even know if I still have
job," said one of the employees who only gave his
first name as Steve. "We had no idea this was in
the works. It's crazy. I've been working here for about
was only three months ago that Future Shop closed it's
Gloucester Centre store. The reason given was that company
did not want to renew its lease with RioCan. Employees
at the store were only given three days notice and were
given the standard two weeks severance.
employees who affected by the current restructuring have
a chance to apply for the positions at the remaining stores.
Those who fail to get rehired will be eiligible for the
same severance deal. That's cold comfort, however, to
the 700-800 people who will be plunged into an uncertain
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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