hhgregg Begins Pittsburgh Area Push

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Pittsburgh - hhgregg will formally enter the Pittsburgh market Thursday with the opening of its first four area stores.

"The opening of our new stores in Pittsburgh demonstrates hhgregg's ongoing commitment to expanding operations in Pennsylvania," said Jeff Pearson, marketing VP for the Indianapolis-based appliance and CE chain.

Indeed, the company has targeted the Steel City and western Pennsylvania for much of this year's growth, with the balance of the projected 35 to 45 new stores opening in Chicago and Miami.

The retailer will also open a new store in Mobile, Ala., that day.

As per tradition, the new locations will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the official store openings at 3:00 p.m. A grand-opening sale will run through June 18, during which customers will be offered special financing options and can register to win a Frigidaire stainless-steel appliance package or a Magellan GPS device.

The 30,000-square-foot stores are each staffed by about 50 employees and feature more than 100 TV display models and stock more than 500 major appliances.

The new locations will bring hhgregg's store count to 185 in 15 states as it continues its planned national expansion.

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