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HHGregg provides more information about gift cards, warranties before shutting doors

The hhgregg store at 4551 Billy Williamson Drive in Macon is scheduled to close after the retailer announced that all its stores will close.
The hhgregg store at 4551 Billy Williamson Drive in Macon is scheduled to close after the retailer announced that all its stores will close. jvorhees@macon.com

A few days after hhgregg announced plans to close all its stores, more information was provided about the time frame, gift cards and warranties on previous purchases.

The Indianapolis-based appliance retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 6. It announced late last week it would begin the process to close all its stores as of April 8. The only store the company has in Middle Georgia is at 4551 Billy Williamson Drive in the Eisenhower Crossing Annex.

“We do not know the exact closing date for each store location at this time,” Communications Manager Chantal Kowalski said in an email. “The stores will remain open until inventory is sold, which we expect will be complete within the next six weeks, approximately.”

The store here has about 12 employees, Kowalski said. When the company opened the 30,700-square-foot Macon store in October 2006, it had about 35 workers.

As ordered by the bankruptcy court, the use of gift cards is limited to the first 14 days of going out of business, which would mean the deadline is April 22. Also, any items bought during the liquidation “do not qualify for free delivery, special financing or returns,” she said. “All sales are final.”

All current warranties on items bought at hhgregg will be honored by the manufacturer.

“The extended warranties purchased are administered through a third-party company, Warrantech,” she said. “If you need to schedule service, Warrantech can be reached at 877-456-9643.

The company was founded in 1955, and it has 220 stores in 19 states.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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