Best Buy to close Grafton store in November

Decision by company that says it ‘overbuilt’ in some areas promises to eliminate 68 jobs, leave Commons with vacancy

THE BEST BUY store in the Grafton Commons on the village’s east side is slated to close in November. The electronics retailer made the announcement recently, saying it “overbuilt” in the area. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff

Best Buy has announced it will close its store in the Grafton Commons in November.

According to a letter sent from Best Buy’s Market Human Resources Manager Brian Seifert to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the electronics company will permanently close its store at 1070 N. Port Washington Rd., Grafton, on Nov. 3.

Sixty-eight employees will be impacted by the closing.

“Some employees, however, may obtain other jobs within Best Buy before that date through internal transfers to other jobs,” the letter states.

Officials said employees who don’t remain with Best Buy will receive a severance package.

The Grafton Best Buy opened in 2008 while the company was competing with Circuit City, officials said. 

“We know that we overbuilt in some spots, including Grafton,” Best Buy spokesman Matt Smith said. “We are not renewing our lease at the Grafton store. We have not announced any other closures for Wisconsin.”

Smith would not say if sales played a factor in Best Buy’s decision. There are currently 22 Best Buy stores in Wisconsin and 11 in the greater Milwaukee area.

Village of Grafton officials are aware of the closure.

“You never want to see a business close,” Village President Jim Brunnquell said. “Certain sectors of the economy evolve into new business models. We’ve reached out to the property owner and we will help them find a long-term tenant.”

Best Buy was one of the first big box retail stores in the Grafton Commons development and has been a popular shopping destination along the I-43 corridor, Brunnquell said. 

The nearest Best Buy stores are in Fox Point and Menomonee Falls, which are about 11 and 20 miles away from Grafton, respectively.  

‘Those stores will remain open and our customers can continue to be served at those stores and through,” Smith said, adding there will not be any for closing sales at the Grafton store.  




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