Circuit City Testing New 'The City' Concept Stores
RICHMOND, Va. - Electronics retailer Circuit City Stores Inc. said Tuesday it is testing new concept stores dubbed "The City," with a new look and interactive layout in an attempt to give customers a new shopping experience.
The stores include different fixtures and lighting, a refined product selection and a more interactive experience, said Jackie Foreman, a spokeswoman for the No. 2 North American consumer electronics retailer behind Best Buy Co. Inc.
"We're excited about the remodelling and think consumers will enjoy shopping at the new store," Foreman said.
In June, Circuit City opened a relocated store in Norfolk, which bears the new name on the company's signature red and silver circular logo. The remodel of a store in the company's headquarters of Richmond will open in time for the holidays.
The new stores are part of the 60 to 65 domestic stores the company plans to open during the fiscal year, Foreman said, with a mixture of both traditional-size and smaller-scale stores. The company has said half of the additions will replace current stores. It also plans to open 75 to 100 new stores in fiscal 2009.
It is unclear whether the name change and store layout will take place throughout the company's 658 stores and planned additions and relocations, Foreman said.
Circuit City also operates 510 retail stores and 296 dealer outlets in Canada through its InterTAN subsidiary, The Source by Circuit City. The company also sells its products and services online.
In September, Circuit City said it lost $62.8 million in its second fiscal quarter, on lower overall sales and continued restructuring activity, compared with a $10 million profit a year earlier. Sales slipped during the period, weighed down by softer sales of videos, camcorders and DVD hardware, among other items.
chrisw1, post: 322833Kmart remains their own worst enemy. 30 years of poor layouts and extreme filth are hard to overcome. It looks like what CC is trying to do is copy the BB/Magnolia concept but with targeted stores instead of the store within a store concept.
Sounds similar to what Kmart did right around the time they were emerging from bankruptcy - new lime green store logo, new store layout, etc… That didn't end up going so well for Kmart.
It sounds like they may simply trying a new “look and feel” rather than actually providing, say, an informed and well-trained staff. I'll be very glad to be proven wrong.
I agree with Chrisw1 though, hopefully this venture is successful. Competition for the other big box stores would be nice. I suppose only time will tell, but from my standpoint here in Canada, if they want to compete with Future Shop, or BB, they're going to need to increase the size of their stores, increase the variety and selection of products, and include a higher end area/section. Knowledgable staff would be a boon, as much as I like discussing a product to a goon fresh outta high school whos just repeating a bunch of crapola written down on a pamphlet and trying to get a sale, I'd rather speak to an informed salesman.
I had a recent experience at Signature Audio / Video in Stittsville, just outside Ottawa and I have to say I'm totally impressed. The guy I spoke with had been in the audio industry for years working for recording labels / etc, and he knew what he was talking about. He wasn't trying to force anything down my throat, he knew the products would sell themselves. He just offered advice based on what I already had, and where I wanted to go.
Last time I walked into a Futureshop and looked at a few TV's the sales rep was trying to dazzle me with how cool 1080i was, and how if the TV can display it all picture quality would be better… (sigh).
Well, one can only hope.