Georgia Jobs May Be Lost Due To Nationwide Closing of 257 Best Buy Mobile Stores

By Amanda Cooper

March 06, 2018 - 5:27 pm

Technology retailer Best Buy is closing all its US “Mobile” stores, due to the changing economics in the mobile industry.  Hubert Joly, Best Buy Chief Executive, sent a letter to employees announcing that the company is set to close all 257 of its mobile stores on May 31st.  

In Georgia, the following eight Best Buy Mobile stores are scheduled to close: The Mall of Georgia, Albany Mall, Georgia Square Mall in Athens, Cumberland Mall in south Cobb County, Peachtree Mall in Columbus, and Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville, The Mall at Stonecrest and town Center Mall in Kennesaw.  WAOK reached out to Michael Burton, General Manager at Cumberland Mall, for a statement on employee reactions and he was unable to provide a response.  Local residents are disappointed to see the smaller to see the mobile stores close but say that they mostly visit the bigger box stores due to the larger inventory selection. Best Buy contends that the closures are because of low profitability in the mobile-phone-focused stores compared with the company's online and brick-and-mortar sales at its main stores. reports that Best Buy will continue to offer the same mobile products through its big box stores in the US, of which there are 1,000.  They also reported CEO Hubert Joly said that will be help to find employees new positions within the company. If no new position is found, employees will be offered severance if they leave after May 31 and then help finding a job elsewhere.

We will continue to update this story and report its adverse affect on Georgia.