Residents check out Best Buy

By Jessica Kalin

More than 300 customers waited to enter Best Buy on Sunday morning. The store celebrated the final day of its grand opening by handing out gift cards to the first 300 customers.

“We gave out all of the gifts within the first 12 minutes,” General Manager Jody Austin said. “Everything went great today. Everyone is friendly and excited, and the community is doing an awesome job at making us feel welcome.”

The new store, located at 2074 Sycamore Road, opened at 10 a.m. Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local officials.

Best Buy customers such as Sycamore resident Henry Lindell have been looking forward to the store’s opening and the opportunity to buy electronics.

“This is definitely convenient. I’d have to drive to Geneva or Rockford for this kind of stuff,” Lindell said.

Lindell said he would rather pay extra to support the local CD stores, but those are disappearing.

Chris Freeman, Best Buy operations manager, said he did not know how many customers they had on Sunday, but they have seen a steady stream of customers.

Freeman said he was seeing different customers on Sunday afternoon than those who had shopped earlier in the weekend.

Sycamore resident Pam Miller also visited the new store on Sunday.

“I am pleasantly surprised. I never thought DeKalb would get something like this,” Miller said. She said she previously would have to drive to the Best Buy in Geneva.

Customer Amanda Hedlund said, “I’m glad we finally have a Best Buy. Now I don’t have to go home to Roselle.”

Best Buy officials told the Northern Star on Thursday the store will donate $10,000 to the United Way.