Best Buy reversal

April 29, 2009 

— The saga of the Brier Creek Best Buy store will end with a grand opening after all, The News & Observer's Sue Stock reports.

After almost a year of legal limbo, the electronics giant now says its newest Triangle store will open in late spring or early summer in the Alexander Place Crossing shopping center across from Brier Creek Commons.

Best Buy tried to pull out of its lease for that store last year when it became clear that Raleigh would not permit the large yellow signs originally envisioned and included in the lease. Without the signs, Best Buy argued, the store was not visible enough from the road.

Best Buy's lawsuit with developer Faison over the matter was settled on undisclosed terms this year, but the future of the 30,000-square-foot signature blue and yellow building was uncertain until this week.

Now yellow and blue banners hang from the store, advertising available jobs and declaring, "Best Buy Coming Soon to Brier Creek."

Both Best Buy spokeswoman Erin Bix and Faison spokesman Britt Byrne declined to offer details about the settlement or any compromises regarding the store's signs.

"All I know is we're going ahead as planned, and we're really excited to be opening in that community," Bix said.

The arrival of Best Buy is good news for the shopping center and possibly a bright spot in a retail scene that has seen several major companies close recently, including Circuit City and Linens 'n Things.

The Brier Creek store will be one of 45 Best Buy opens this year. It will employ about 100 full-time and part-time workers.

"That's a positive sign for the economy with something that big coming back in," said Joel Freeman, manager of the Carolina Ale House, which sits just across the road from the future Best Buy. "Look at what happened with Circuit City closing. We're excited. We think they're going to be great neighbors."

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