hhgregg Entering Eastern Pa. - Twice

hhgregg Entering Eastern Pa.

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Harrisburg, Pa. - hhgregg will open six stores across Eastern Pennsylvania this spring as part of its Mid-Atlantic expansion.

The stores, which will ring the Harrisburg and Scranton markets, will join the chain's first Philadelphia-area locations this year within the Keystone State.

The multiregional CE and appliance retailer plans to open upwards of 45 new stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in 2010. The rollout is ahead of schedule, the company said, and a new central distribution center to support the expansion is set to open next month.

More than half of the new locations will open this spring, with most of the remaining stores scheduled to open before the holiday selling season.

The build-out is a major leg in a national expansion strategy designed to fill the marketplace void left by Circuit City, albeit as a tightly-managed, 400-store chain.

The new Pennsylvania locations will include Dickson City and Wilkes-Barre in the Scranton market, and Lancaster, Lower Paxton, Mechanicsburg and York within the Harrisburg area.

The chain is looking to fill approximately 240 sales, warehouse and customer service positions, or about 40 jobs per store.

Each new sales associate will receive over 200 hours of training as part of hhgregg's assisted-sales model, the company said.

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