HED:Circuit City opens in Tupelo

AUTHOR: PERILL

HED:Circuit City opens in Tupelo

10/23

Gary Perilloux

Daily Journal

Mark Seeger hasn’t been in Tupelo long but knows his potential audience well.

The 35,000 people in Tupelo swell to a potential 120,000 shoppers during business hours and he hopes to see many of them at Circuit City, an electronics and appliance center that opened Friday at The Market Center near The Mall at Barnes Crossing.

“We’re looking for excellent customer service every time – every customer, every time,” said Seeger, who transferred from a Montgomery location.

Circuit City sells computers, TVs, appliances and more – with washers and dryers, refrigerators, stoves, ovens and microwaves on display in one part of the store. If Circuit City doesn’t offer an appliance model on site, customers can still order the model through an on-line appliance station that links the store with the manufacturer, Seeger said.

Customers inclined to order Circuit City products via the Internet may do so at home and pick up the product at the Tupelo store – or wait for the shipment to be mailed to their home.

“We do our own service, and we guarantee the lowest prices,” Seeger said. Service may be completed on site or shipped to Memphis and returned in seven to 10 days.

Circuit City is part of the David Hocker & Associates development, The Market Center, which includes O’Charley’s, Lifeway Christian Store, Shoe Carnival and other stores planned just west of The Mall at Barnes Crossing. Hocker & Associates of Owensboro, Ky., jointly owns the mall and The Market Center with R.F. Coffin Enterprises of Cleveland, Ohio.

Old Navy, the largest Market Center store at 22,000 square feet, plans to open in early November beside Circuit City.

Founded in 1949, Circuit City has 600 locations nationwide.

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What: Circuit City, a computer, home stereo, car stereo, TV, electronics and appliance retail store.

Where: The Market Center, near The Mall at Barnes Crossing.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Employees: 60; still hiring mostly part-time workers.