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Best Buy hopes to make its stores an experience, not just a big box.

The struggling electronics retailer, which is trying to reinvent itself as customers change their shopping habits, picked Santa Rosa to debut in Northern California its latest store concept.

The CD and DVD aisles have been reduced to half their original size, a reflection of the fact that more and more people download music and movies over the Internet instead of buying them at the store

Sony Reveals Blu-ray VAIOs While the HD DVD camp had been steals headlines with the actual shipment of products and a light amount of software titles, Sony reveals some products with Blu-ray, albeit from its computer division, at the CeBit show in Hannover, Germany. By the middle of this 2006 it will ship VAIO-branded desktop and laptop PCs with Blu-ray Disc drives. These SKUS will be high-end models, bundled with multimedia software and technology, but a company spokesperson said that drives will eventually drive down into lower-priced models. Broadcast Hardball Local TV stations across the country begin running ads this week that poke fun

Staying independent in the Best Buy family By Natalie Hope McDonald Smaller business' bogeyman isn't always bigger business. In 2000, Best Buy bought Magnolia Hi-Fi. Though at first it may have seemed like just another way to gobble up the little guy, it wasn't. Instead, independent-spirited Magnolia got bigger, better and stronger thanks to the chain's support, said Jim Tweten, Magnolia's president and CEO. He's confident that by running with Best Buy, his own distinctive stores had a better chance of carving out a unique niche with mainstream financing. Don't believe him? Keep in mind it's personal; Tweten's father founded the store,

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade In this section, Dealerscope profiles the top 10 retail demographic market areas, reporting on 1999 retail entrances and exits, regional economic highlights and outlooks for 2000. 1. New York City Entrances & Exits: When Circuit City opened its first store in New York City in 1998, it proved to other national chains that the big rent of the big city is quickly compensated by the big spenders in the big city. Consequently, the Big Apple in the last year saw even more megastore openings. Office Depot opened its first Manhattan store—a 21,000-sq.-ft .store

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