Des Plaines, Ill. - The Big Screen Store, a 14-store chain with locations in Maryland and Virginia, has joined the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group), giving the buying group 18 members.
, which is operated by Cary and Kevin Luskin, was formerly a member of BrandSource via its MARTA division, which was recently renamed
Cary Luskin said the chain joined PRO earlier this month and that he felt PRO "aligns us with [retailers] that have a similar mindset in this business."
When asked how the market is, Cary Luskin noted, "Business is fine, but the winter was tough since we were in the epicenter of blizzards with 84 inches [in Baltimore and northern Virginia]. There was a blizzard on Black Friday and the week before the Super Bowl."
When asked about 3D TV, he said the chain is carrying it and "we are demonstrating units in our stores. So far there has been a strong interest in it."
The Luskin family is no stranger to the CE business or buying groups. Luskin's, which was founded by Cary and Kevin's father
, a member of the CE Hall of Fame, operated in the Baltimore area from the 1940s until the 1990s, and was a founding member of the NATM Buying Group.
The PRO Group will hold its annual spring meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 4-6.