By April 29, 2010



Best Buy, a leading consumer electronics retailer, is set to open its doors to the public on Friday, 30th April at 7am. The highly anticipated first store will open to expectant crowds at the West Thurrock Retail Park, Essex and will be marked with four days of activities over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, with plenty of amazing deals, competitions and entertainment.

The doors will open at 7am on Friday to allow technology enthusiasts from the local area and London to take advantage of the great deals on offer before heading to work. The rest of the bank holiday weekend will be themed to showcase the breadth and depth of Best Buy’s offer with a focus on music, movies and games.

Best Buy is offering a wide range of amazing deals during the weekend, saving early customers hundreds of pounds on the latest and greatest technology. Samsung’s current 32" LED HD TV is available for only £399.99, equating to a saving of £300, whilst the Toshiba 32" HD-ready LCD TV is available for only £179.99!  Best Buy is also offering the latest Blu-Ray content, with the Avatar Blu-ray and DVD combi pack at just £9.99.  Meanwhile, football fans will have an extra reason to celebrate this, as foremost amongst the offers to look out for is Best Buy’s pledge to give customers their money back on any TV over £499 bought before 5th June if England wins the final.

Lots more info after the break…

Kam Prajapati, General Manager, Best Buy Thurrock, said: “The team is so excited about opening our doors to customers for the first time. Our Blueshirts have all now completed the nine week Blueshirt Training Academy and are keen to start putting their hard earned skills into action to help our customers.”

Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Best Buy Branded Operations, said: “Our focus is on helping customers to make buying technology simple, exciting and interactive. Whether it’s an energy management monitor for the home, internet-enabled and 3DTVs, the latest Blu-ray discs or an electric bicycle, we can offer customers the chance to turn their homes into a connected world with our range of technology and the expertise of our Blueshirts. We hope that customers get down to our store early on Friday at 7am to be sure that they can take advantage of the fantastic range of deals on offer and experience everything that Best Buy has to offer for the first time. Go to to check the deals out!”

Best Buy showcases 3DTVs from four top brands

Customers visiting the store during the opening weekend will also be the first to see all four manufacturers of 3D TV for sale under one roof in the UK.

Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony are all currently launching their 3D TV ranges. These new TVs will allow customers to not only watch the HD content they already enjoy in their homes today, but also seamlessly let them watch the latest 3D entertainment. Best Buy is offering members of the public the chance to watch films and TV from all four brands in the 3D experience room in-store. The range will be spearheaded by Samsung’s flagship product, the 40″ UE40C8000, which will be priced at £1,999.99. The package comes complete with a 3D version of Monsters v Aliens so customers can enjoy 3D content straight away.

Best Buy will also be selling the LG 47″ LCD 47LD920 3DTV at £2,499.99 from the store opening and customers will be able to order Panasonic 50″ plasma TX-P50VT20B 3DTV at £2,299.99 for delivery in 10 days and Sony 3D TV offerings for delivery in June.

Best Buy can also announce today that it has partnered with Sky to provide customers in its UK stores with Sky products and services. Best Buy believes that shopping for technology should be as exciting as the technology itself, so the stores will feature interactive demonstrations of Sky products. At Thurrock this will take the form of an exclusive clip from the world’s first live sports 3D TV broadcast, the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester United, so as Wayne Rooney scores yet another goal, you will see every angle as if you were sitting in the stadium from the comfort of your sofa.

Best Buy’s store team, the Blueshirts, will also be on hand to offer demos, explain how customers can access, share and watch their content on their mobile, laptop or TV, as well as suggesting ways to add more value to existing Sky packages.

Opening entertainment

Each of the four grand opening days will be dedicated to different themes, where customers can experience a range of activities in Best Buy’s dedicated entertainment dome right outside the store.

  • On Friday the opening day will kick off at 7am with an overall festival feel with entertainers including face-painters, football freestyler, and breakdancers that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Saturday will usher in a music-themed day with an Ion Discover DJ mixing session and a chance to win Dr. Dre signed Monster headphones between 8am and 9pm.
  • To celebrate the release of James Cameron’s Avatar on Blu-ray and DVD, on Sunday between 11am and 5pm, Best Buy will feature special footage from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and make-up artists will be on hand to re-create characters from the film.
  • The final day of the opening weekend takes place on the early May bank holiday Monday and will be devoted to Nintendo gaming experiences between 9am and 9pm including a Super Mario Kart competition with the chance to win a Nintendo Wii and games.

Best Buy’s store in Thurrock also features an exciting entertainment room offering a truly immersive experience.  Sponsored by Virgin Media, The Ultimate Games Experience room is kitted out with the latest HD TV home theatre equipment featuring 5.1 surround sound with Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 consoles and PC equipment. 

Throughout the weekend Best Buy’s promotional team will be giving away competition entry cards with the chance for customers to win DVDs, gig tickets and smartphone prizes, as well as a home theatre system.


Im off to get me one of those Toshiba TVs for sure. And then I may spend the weekend in bed watching it!

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