Customers to Circuit City closing

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Customers flooded Circuit City Saturday as the nation learned it was shutting down. Circuit City announced Friday it was closing its stores. It caught some customers off guard.

"I was a little bit shocked...hate to see it happen," says Donald Butcher of Ocean Springs.

"Look like everybody going out of business," says Bruce Haynes of Gulfport.

For others, it was simply a sign of the times.

"I think it just shows what the national economy is doing these days," says Scott Klingenberger of Carrier.

Circuit City has yet to announce a closing date, but the closing will eliminate 34,000 U.S. jobs. The Gulfport store is one of 567 stores closing nationwide.  How will the closing affect customers?

According to the company's website:

  • Gift cards will be honored at full value until stores close
  • Customers have 14 days to return or exchange items bought before January 16th
  • All sales now are final, from this point on
  • Extended warranties will not be affected but delivery services and car installations have been stopped

For frequent Circuit City shoppers, they say the news is a bit of a blow, but the bigger blow they say is the impact the closing and those of other businesses will have on a souring U.S. economy.

With yet another business shutting its doors, the nation is looking to Washington and its incoming leader for firm footing as it stands on shaky financial ground.

"I don't think I can tell him anything that he's not trying to do. I admire him. He's got a big job ahead of him," says Butcher.

Circuit City says its stores in Canada will remain open. Again, while no specific date has been set for the Gulfport store closing, according to the company's website, it expects to close all of its stores by the end of March.