|BrandsMart's Doraville location|
BrandsMart USA will close its Buford location within the next 60 days. The giant electronics retailer opened its 118,000 square foot store on Buford Drive in 2009 near CoolRay Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves. The store is located off exit 115 of I-85, the same exit as Mall of Georgia.
At its height, the Hollywood, Florida-based retailer operated four stores in Georgia. Their Kennesaw store closed earlier this year and was then purchased by Kennesaw State University for just under $10 million. KSU's plans for the 17 acre, 113,000+ square foot building are said to include a new student health center, additional laboratory space for Kennesaw State's Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, a new marching band program and storage.
There will reportedly be no "liquidation sales" at the Buford store, but there will be "deals" to be had on floor models, assorted fixtures and other inventory. These sales will reportedly begin in mid-August.
BrandsMart stores in Stockbridge and Doraville will remain open.
What do you think should be done with the building once BrandsMart leaves? Where do you buy your consumer electronics? What retailer would you like to see open in Buford and or at Mall of Georgia?
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