HHGregg to open Regency Mall store

Seller of electronics, appliances and bedding
2012-02-24T06:33:00Z 2013-12-17T11:51:39Z HHGregg to open Regency Mall storeMICHAEL BURKE mburke@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — HHGregg — a seller of electronics, appliances and bedding — will open a large store at Regency Mall later this year.

The 25,000-square-foot store will be at the southwest entrance in the former Linens ‘n Things which then became Flooring Supercenter. The latter store has been consolidated into The Furniture Store.

An HHGregg spokesman said he expects the Racine store to open in late summer to fall. The company calls itself a specialty retailer of consumer electronics, home appliances, computers, mobile products and related services.

HHGregg will be considered a junior anchor store for Regency, Mall Manager Curt Pruitt said Thursday.

Regency will be one of the first three Wisconsin stores for the Indianapolis-based retailer, Pruitt said. An HHGregg fact sheet states the company plans to open 20 to 25 new stores in its current fiscal year, with most of that growth surrounding its Chicago distribution center and in markets such as St. Louis and Milwaukee.

“Our company learned they were looking to expand into Wisconsin, and we had the exact type of spot they were looking for,” Pruitt said.

“They’re a toe-to-toe competitor with Best Buy,” he said, with a “deep inventory.”

The company offers video products such as digital micro display televisions; flat-panel televisions; Blu-ray players; home appliances including washers and dryers, refrigerators, cooking ranges, dishwashers, freezers, and air conditioners; and other products such as home theater receivers, speaker systems, notebook computers, digital cameras and camcorders, CD players, MP3 players, telephones, cables and gaming bundles.

HHGregg was founded in 1955 by H.H. and Fansy Gregg as a small appliance store in Indianapolis. At first it carried only washing machines, clothes dryers, refrigerators and outdoor grills. But the family soon began selling black-and-white and color television and other electronic products.

In 2007 it began trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange as HHG.

Today, HHGregg has 208 stores in states ranging from Illinois to Florida and the East Coast.

The company promises knowledgeable, commissioned sales people who complete more than 150 hours of instruction yearly, a lowest-price guarantee, various delivery options, and product service and repairs.

For more information visit www.hhgregg.com.

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