Lawndale, Calif. - Defying the trend of rapidly disappearing independent electronics retail operations,
, considered to be one of the largest A/V specialty/custom installation dealers in California, celebrated the grand opening of its third store, here, Labor Day weekend.
Known as the South Bay Super Store, the new location is housed in a former Blockbuster video rental storefront and is located at the corner of Hawthorne and Redondo Beach boulevards. It will serve the greater Torrance area.
The chain joins two other stores including another Super Store operation in Santa Monica, which is also the chain's headquarters, and a smaller location in Aguora Hills.
Underscoring the chain's expansion ambitions, Tom Campbell, former spokesman and consumer electronics advisor for Linder's Furniture, has left Linder's to become spokesman and corporate advisor for Video and Audio Center. He had also served in similar capacities with CompUSA, Ken Crane's and Dow Stereo over the past 30 years.
Video and Audio Center is growing at a time when many other independent A/V chains are taking it on the chin from the economy and deflating profit margins on CE goods.
The chain specializes in high performance products and systems, and is well-known in its markets for its One-Touch home-theater system installation services.
The company's installer/technicians are trained on the latest advancements in system integration, including the latest Crestron whole-home control systems.