VIENNA - Employees of hhgregg in Vienna are setting up for the store's soft opening on Saturday.
Appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg, located in the former Borders building on Grand Central Avenue, will be open for business beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. The grand opening will be July 12.
Electronic Sales Manager Mark Spangenburg said employees have been unloading inventory and setting up the store all week.
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Vienna’s hhgregg, in the former Borders building, will have a soft opening Saturday at 10 a.m. The grand opening will be July 12.
"We've been receiving three trucks a day. There is plenty of inventory coming in," said Spangenburg. "Our TV wall is well on its way there will be a display of 100 televisions. So we have a lot of setup to do."
The exterior and interior remodeling of the 24,000-square-foot space is complete. The store encompasses the vacant retail space next to Old Navy.
Hiring has also wrapped up. Around 40 people, including three managers, are employed with the local hhgregg.
"From what we've heard, there has been an absence of electronics and appliance stores in this market since Circuit City left," he said. "We are happy to be here."
Hhgregg was founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, Ind., and has more than 190 locations around the country. Products include televisions, computers, computers, cellphones, game systems, mattresses and home appliances, such as freezers and refrigerators, washers and dryers, ranges and dishwashers.
The store is an authorized Verizon dealer.
"One thing a little different about the Vienna store is that we'll be doing our own deliveries, rather than deliveries coming from a central warehouse out of town," he said. "Not many of the stores have local delivery, and this means a lot of products have same-day delivery before 2 p.m."
Regular business hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Borders, which was the Mid-Ohio Valley's largest bookstore, closed in September 2011 after a liquidation sale. Circuit City, formerly located in the 601 Shopping Plaza, closed in January 2009.