Best Buy subsidiary Musicland Group is changing the name of its rural market On Cue stores to Sam Goody beginning this June.
Musicland president Kevin Freeland said tests of the retailer's Sam Goody format in rural markets showed "dramatic improvements" over average sales of On Cue stores both upon initial opening and over time. The addition of On Cue's 200-plus locations will boost Goody's nationwide store count to more than 800 units, while leveraging advertising and increasing the efficiency of the Musicland field team, Freeland said.
The former On Cue stores will receive beefed-up CE and video game assortments as a result of the conversion, but will maintain their rural-market mix of music and movies. The company expects the transition to be completed by summer's end. Sam Goody will also open 30 new rural market stores in the current fiscal year.
As part of the deal, VP/retail operations Tim Sheehan was promoted to senior VP/stores, reporting to Freeland and overseeing Sam Goody, Suncoast and Media Play field personnel, retail operations and sales development. Jon Estes was promoted from VP/On Cue stores to VP/Sam Goody stores; Kevin Krenos was promoted from regional director/Media Play to VP/Suncoast stores; and loss prevention director John Pershing is now VP/retail operations. Each reports to Sheehan.