Certain Best Buy locations to host Verizon and AT&T 'stores'
AT&T says that its store inside a store at Best Buy, will concentrate on mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and wearables. Using HD 4K televisions, AT&T will also display to Best Buy shoppers many of the entertainment options that the carrier makes available to DirecTV subscribers.
By renting out space to Verizon and AT&T, Best Buy doesn't have to worry about paying employees or laying out money for inventory. Instead, the retailer collects rent and might even keep a percentage of sales. Consumers benefit too, by having a number of various products for different mobile carriers available under one roof.
This very well could be the future of Best Buy. Meanwhile, Sprint has a deal with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that allows it to control one-third of the retail space inside 1740 Radio Shack stores. The electronics retailer filed for bankruptcy in February.