Starting Monday, June 15, Best Buy will allow customers to shop in stores without an appointment in 800 of its approximately 1,000 stores. It has also rehired 9,000 of its furloughed workers.
However, the chain will limit the number of customers who can enter the stores to 25 percent of capacity, which for many stores, amounts to 60 people.
Best Buy’s corporation announcement did not mention car audio installation and our inquiry to Best Buy corporate headquarters was not immediately answered. Our local Connecticut Best Buy location, which is one of the stores targeted to allow customers in the store on Monday, said car stereo installation would not yet resume.
Another CT Best Buy, also due to reopen to customers without appointment, said car stereo installation is not yet open but the store may get further news on that next week.
Two other East Coast stores said they have not been notified about car audio installation re-opening.
Best Buy, on the other hand, is re-instating in-home consultations.
In this new phase, the chain is requiring employees to receive temperature checks before each shift. Employees will also wear face coverings at all times. Consumers are also asked to wear face masks. Acrylic shields will be installed at checkout counters and signs will be posted to encourage social distancing.
Best Buy switched to a curbside pick up-only store model in March and suspended car audio installation at that time. It moved to appointment only store visits at many stores in May, again excluding car audio installation.