Minnesota-based consumer-electronics retailer Best Buy celebrated the opening of its new Burlington location with a grand opening last Saturday.

Minnesota-based consumer-electronics retailer Best Buy celebrated the opening of its new Burlington location with a grand opening last Saturday.


The store fills the empty space left by Circuit City, when the chain, after filing bankruptcy last year, closed its remaining stores earlier this year, including what is now home to Best Buy at 84 Middlesex Turnpike.


According to General Manager Scott Glazer, the building underwent a complete interior and exterior renovation, expanding retail space from 19,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet.


The festivities began with a donation and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Over-sized checks were presented to charitable groups in Burlington and Woburn.


Valerie Healey, a volunteer coordinator with People Helping People, Inc. in Burlington, accepted a check for $5,000 of behalf of the organization, which includes the Burlington Food Pantry.


“We are very excited to receive such a generous donation. It is especially appreciated when companies continue to give back to the communities they serve when the economic times are not the best,” said Healey.


An additional $5,000 was presented to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn.


When the doors officially opened to the public, the first 50 customers in line received a $20 gift card.


Radio Disney (AM 1260 and AM 550) entertained and educated children in the store about energy conservation, electric safety and recycling, part of their Safety Smart Super Challenge Campaign sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories


“I’m happy to see Best Buy in this spot. The area needed a store like this,” said Billerica resident David Vigneau who was shopping for a new computer.


“What I like about Best Buy is you can’t beat the prices. I saved $220 on a laptop and printer,” said John Paskiewicz, another Billerica resident.


Glazer thinks the secret to Best Buy’s success is the manner in which employees are trained to determine best what customers need.


“We train our employees in customer service first, then products. They need to talk to people to find out what they need, then learn what to offer. That’s what makes us different,” said Glazer.


Glazer thinks the hot items this holiday season will be gaming systems such as Wii and Xbox.


The Geek Squad, owned by Best Buy, has dedicated space in the store to help customers handle the installation and repair of items such as computers and televisions, home theatre and wireless networking set-ups.


Green store


Best Buy in Burlington is considered a so-called “green” or environmentally-friendly store, because it was built with energy conservation and recycling in mind.


 Glazer said he hopes the store will be the first in the state to be LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. The store applied for certification and Glazer believes it will become official in six months.


Skylights on the roof allow natural light to shine through and turns off interior lights automatically, saving electricity.


There are three preferred parking spots for fuel-efficient vehicles and there will also be two bike racks for customers located in the front and rear of the building.


All boxes are recycled with a cardboard bailer and the water supply is low flow.


For more information, visit http://stores.bestbuy.com/1532/.