The newest entry in the home electronics retail market, Best Buy, is officially opening its doors on Friday.
The store actually had what is called a “soft opening” last week at its Orchard Park Shopping Centre location, giving the store and staff members a chance to work out the kinks before the grand opening splash.
And that splash for Best Buy starts this weekend with a variety of special sales and events.
On the entertainment event side, to celebrate the nearly 1,900 square feet of musical instrument department space in the new Best Buy, the store will sponsor a concert by singer Andrew Allen, joined by We Are The City, Calum Hughes, Jeff Piattelli and Mark Irving.
The concert takes place Saturday at The Habitat, 6:45 p.m., in downtown Kelowna, with tickets available at Best Buy on Wednesday or Thursday.
Each day, the first 100 people at customer service will receive two free tickets to the show.
And Vancouver Canucks fans can get the autograph of Alex Burrows on Sunday. The first 250 people in line at the store before 2 p.m. will have a chance to get Burrows’ signature.
Best Buy also plans to donate $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Okanagan as part of the Kelowna store’s grand opening festivities.
Since 2002, the company has donated millions of dollars and thousands of employee volunteer hours to charitable organizations focused on youth. The goal of the Best Buy for Kids giving program is to help kids succeed and reach their full potential.
As for store merchandise promotions, the first people to line up at the store on Friday, before 9:45 a.m., Saturday, before 8:45 a.m. or Sunday, before 9:45 a.m, will have a chance to win a $1,000 Best Buy Gift Card each day.
There will be a draw on Sunday for a Smart TV and 3D home theatre package. Shoppers receive an additional ballot for every purchase made throughout the day. Plus, one $250 Best Buy gift card will be given away each hour.
JYSK car contest
JYSK, the Scandinavian-based retailer with over 1,850 locations worldwide including their Kelowna store in Dilworth Plaza, is celebrating the 50th store opening in Canada with the Big 50 contest.
During the month of November, customers can enter for a chance to win one of two Ford Fiestas or one of two $2,000 JYSK gift cards.
JYSK is also offering big savings on a wide selection of products as part of the Big 50 event.
The first Canadian JYSK store opened 15 years ago in the Lower Mainland community of Port Coquitlam.
Since then, the company has expanded rapidly, now with a coast-to-coast presence from B.C. to Nova Scotia and plans for further growth over the next several years.
In addition to the “brick-and-mortar” stores, JYSK ships anywhere in Canada from its online store at www.jysk.ca.
“At JYSK you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style for affordability. JYSK, customers will find everything they need for their home at great prices; from furniture and mattresses to towels, bed linen and drapes. Duvets and pillows are a JYSK trademark since we are the world’s largest buyers of these products. We carry a great assortment of gifts, and décor items, and because we buy very large volumes around the world, we can offer our customers the lowest prices possible,” said Lynne Williams, JYSK’s director of advertising.
The spirit of Kelowna award for November goes to Jennifer Monaghan who with her fellow volunteers at the First Lutheran Christian School, 4901 Lakeshore Rd., organized the 15th annual Apple Pie event to raise funds for the school’s playground and sports field upgrades and classroom technology.