Best Buy Will Shut its Doors on South Side

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Longtime plans for economic revitalization on the city's south side may be taking a step backward this summer.

Employees at the Best Buy on SE 14th Street were notified this weekend the store will close on June 4 when its lease is up. A spokesperson for Best Buy said the company decided not to renew the south side store’s lease.

"I work downtown so that means I'm going to have to take the freeway out west. It’s at least a good half hour out of my way from downtown, and by the time I get home it's almost an hour,” said Deb Lindstrom.

Best Buy corporate tells Channel 13 that they are trying to keep as many employees as possible by relocating them to other stores. Officials also said the SE 14th location wasn't making enough sales to stay in business.

Those who are left without a position, both full- and part-time, will be offered severance packages.

City Councilman Joe Gatto represents the southeast side of Des Moines.

He said he learned of Best Buy’s closing Monday night. He said the anchor store pulling out will pose some issues as the city tries to revitalize the south side.