1999 CE Retailing Giants - CE Giants Chase Internet Sales
Among these industry moves
The Burnabay, British Columbia- based Future Shop, which now operates 106 stores in the United States and Canada, in fiscal 1998 purchased seven of Tandy's Computer City Canada stores. Future Shop CFO Gary Patterson said the company plans to "re-merchandise the stores, focusing on convergence technology." Future Shop will also expand the chain to "more than 20" outlets, Patterson said. The stores will continue to operate under the name "Computer City Canada."
The good guys! this year remodeled its San Mateo, Calif., WOW! store to the Wow! Expo format. Better lighting, clear signage and blonde hardwood floors complement this renovation, which boasts four individual rooms displaying CE goods in home-like settings. The format has proven so popular, especially with female shoppers, that the chain hopes to convert all its WOW! stores to the new format, a corporate spokesman said.