Originally Posted by chadmak09
Yea, thats what we have here, BB.
We have no magnolia here or anywhere within hundreds of miles.
I had never even heard of Magnolia until I visited this forum. Still never seen a magnolia store.
they are the same company as BB correct?? but like a "elite" BB.
Magnolia was a local AV store that started here in the Northwest decades ago, a family-run business that was in its 2nd or 3rd generation when bought by Best Buy a few years ago.
They've tried a few different business strategies to figure out how best to co-exist. First, they trimmed Magnolia's product lines substantially, so as not to compete against Best Buy, then they tried those weird Magnolia stores inside
Best Buys. (We don't have those here because we're Magnolia country, with several stand-alone stores in the area.) Then they tried gearing more toward a custom-installation shop, and the last I heard they were going to try to go back to the original higher-end AV stores.
The point of all this is that Best Buy has screwed it up pretty badly. Frankly, I'll be surprised if Magnolia still exists in five years, or if it does, that it's still a division of Best Buy. The combination of Magnolia's higher-end, service-oriented family-owned AV store and Best Buy's mass-market get-a-fridge-while-you're-at-it high-price-low-service approach has not been a success. I really hope Magnolia survives, as the family and business are well-known and respected in these parts. It's such a shame that Best Buy has tarnished the name in other parts of the country.