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Future Shop Stores Closed Across Canada, Some To Become Best Buy by CBC News (, Best Buy Canada 28 March 2015 / ) -

About 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs will be eliminated

(Photo: The sudden store closings took many employees and customers by surprise. This sign appeared at a Future Shop store in Toronto on Saturday morning. (CBC))

Dozens of Future Shop stores have been closed across Canada, its parent company Best Buy Canada Ltd. announced Saturday.

The company said it was shutting down 66 Future Shop stores effective immediately. Meanwhile, another 65 stores will be closed for a week while they are converted to Best Buy stores.

"Currently, 80 per cent of our customers are within a 15-minute drive to a store and this won't change," Best Buy president and CEO Ron Wilson said in a written release.

The company said approximately 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time positions will be eliminated as a result of the consolidation.

"Any decisions that impact our people are never taken lightly; our first priority is to support them through this change. I want to express my appreciation to the employees who are leaving, for their contributions to Best Buy Canada."

News of the consolidation came as a shock to employees across the country on Saturday morning.

"We were called into a meeting [at 7 a.m.]," said one man employed as a computer sales representative at a Future Shop in Quebec City. "They did offer you choices ... but it was the package deal I took, so that's it."

A woman at the store said, "I'm keeping my job. I'm a customer service rep."

Sir Terry Pratchett, Renowned Fantasy Author, Dies Aged 66 by BBC News Article (BBC News, Terry Pratchett, Wikipedia 12 March 2015 / ) -

Sir Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' series had a huge fan following

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds", said Transworld Publishers' Larry Finlay.

Sir Terry, best known for the 'Discworld' series, wrote more than 70 books over his lengthy career.

He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer.

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