Kai Ryssdal: Best Buy said today it's going to downsize, close 50 stores and lay off hundreds of workers.
That's what happens when a company loses almost $2 billion in just a couple of months. Marketplace's Jennifer Collins reports.
Jennifer Collins: Here's the problem with big box stores, says ITIC analyst Laura Didio.
Laura Didio: People don't want to spend an hour walking around trying to find what they're looking for.
That's one reason Best Buy is closing nearly 5 percent of its U.S. stores, many of which are thousands of square feet. Wendy Liebmann of WSL Strategic Retail says this shift goes beyond Best Buy.
Wendy Liebmann: The notion of the big box store on every corner is absolutely old world today.
Liebmann says electronics retailers don't need as much space as more people shop online.
Liebmann: I don't have to go in to buy a CD or DVD today, and that's a whole area or aisle or section of the store that you don't need.
Best Buy's been under pressure from competitors like Amazon, which has no stores, and WalMart, a true superstore. Best Buy isn't just cutting back on big outlets, it's adding 100 little ones. Again, Laura Didio.
Didio: I think it's Best Buy in a smaller box.
The first stores open next year.
I'm Jennifer Collins for Marketplace.