The Future Shop name became a thing of the past on Saturday morning, as U.S.-based owner Best Buy Co. consolidated the stores under the Best Buy banner, abruptly eliminating 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time positions.
In all, 131 stores in the Canadian electronics chain were closed — 66 of them permanently. Another 65 will be closed for a week, reopening under the Best Buy banner. Employees got no advance notice and found out upon arriving for work.
“A lot of us thought it was a joke at first but then we realized it wasn’t and the atmosphere became very sad and upset,” William Smith, 23, told the Star on the phone from Belleville.
“Everyone was very upset, myself included, as I have a six-month-old little girl and a stay-at-home wife,” said Smith, who had worked at a Belleville Future Shop for more than two years.
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