The Best Buy Mobile store at Arbor Place Mall is closing as part of an overall move by the company.
Arbor Place Mall General Manager Ted Martin confirmed Monday the closure of the store at the Douglasville mall. Martin said he received word that all 257 Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S would be closing.
"As far as the future of the space, it does create an opportunity to bring in new retail or another use and our leasing team is working diligently to backfill the space," Martin said. "We'll be excited to share additional details when plans are finalized."
According to Atlanta's WSB-TV Consumer Reporter Clark Howard, the small-format stores will close May 31, but the retailer will continue to sell cell phones at its 1,000 U.S. big box stores and online, which includes the Douglasville Best Buy located on Douglas Boulevard near Lowe's.
According to Best Buy, the company will be closing all 257 of its mobile stores, including 37 stores in Georgia, eight of which are "Best Buy Mobiles." All of the stores are in shopping malls and measure about 1,400 square feet. A regular Best Buy store covers about 40,000 square feet.
The stores are located at the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, the Mall of Georgia in Buford, Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville, the Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw, the Mall at Stonecrest, the Albany Mall, the Georgia Square Mall in Athens and the Peachtree Mall in Columbus.
According to MarketWatch, Best Buy's Chief Executive Hubert Joly said the cost of operations in the stand-alone mobile stores was higher than the big box stores.