Best Buy Europe, the retail venture that's 50% owned by The Carphone Warehouse, says it's creating up to 8,000 jobs in the UK over a five-year period. Up to a thousand of these roles will be with its 24-hour Geek Squad technology support service, with Geek Squad staff planned in every Best Buy store. In fact, Geek Squad – which launched in the UK in 2007 – says it'll quadruple its tech support team numbers during the next 18 months.
Best Buy is launching in the UK in Spring 2010, with the first stores in Hedge End Southampton, Thurrock and Merry Hill in the West Midlands. As well as selling mobile phones they'll offer multimedia equipment, computing technology, appliances, music, movies and games.