Death-before-lifewatch: Best Buy delays UK store until 2010
Currys and PC World can breathe easy for a year longer - those hoping to see DSGi get kicked around the room by Best Buy will have to wait for a Harry Hill-esque fight. Best Buy Europe - a joint venture with the Carphone Warehouse - had planned to open in the UK this Summer; those plans have now been delayed until the beginning of 2010.
Is it a case of brown trousers in a declining market? Not according to the American behemoths; it's reported they believe that a launch in the first quarter of next year will maximise the impact on customers and its struggling rivals. Having said that, those precious few months will allow DSGI more time to bed in and establish their new format galacto-stores - large warehouse-sized sites that will rival anything Best Buy will bring to the party.
Best Buy also believes better sites are becoming available during the downturn which, given the current economic forecasts, isn't hard to believe. Still, the delay will be a blow to former DSGI employees looking for employment, and to consumers, who wanted a solid alternative to take their custom to.