Best Buy lays off 650 Geek Squad employees nationwide

4:35 PM, Jul 7, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Best Buy has confirmed to KARE 11 that about 650 employees in its Geek Squad division will be laid off nationwide.

Company officials said that the Geek Squad positions that service appliances and televisions in customer's homes will be eliminated.

"They are receiving severance packages and job placement assistance.," according to a statement from the Best Buy News Center.

The company said that they are not eliminating home service, just restructuring it to better serve customer's needs.

"We know that clients will always need us to come to their homes, and increasingly their needs are more complex. That's why we're evolving in-home support for a more specific customer segment," the statement added.

If laid off workers are unable to find another position within Best Buy, their last day will be Aug. 1, the statement said.

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