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Sony to close two of three NY stores as national footprint shrinks

Visitors walk past a logo of Sony at

Visitors walk past a logo of Sony at Sony Building in Tokyo Thursday, July 31, 2014. Credit: AP

Long Island's two Sony retail stores are candidates for closing, as the electronics giant phases out eight of its 10 company-operated Sony Stores in the United States over the next 12 months.

Two of Sony's three retail stores in New York will be closed, a Sony spokesman said Wednesday. The company hasn't determined yet which will remain open.

Sony stores are also located in California, Florida and Texas. A store in the Los Angeles area will stay open.

The stores will be closed over Sony's next fiscal year, from April 1 to March 31, Sony Electronics spokesman John Dolak said. The company will look to close the remaining stores as leases expire or are renegotiated, Dolak said.

Sony's three stores in New York are located at Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, one at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station and at Sony Plaza on Madison Avenue and East 55th Street in Manhattan. The stores feature Sony TVs, cameras, computers, music players, cameras and other gadgets.

The move comes after the decision in January to shut all 14 remaining Sony Stores in Canada. Last year, Sony closed 20 locations in the United States to cut costs.

San Diego, California-based Sony Electronics, a division of Japan's Sony Corp., handles U.S. sales and marketing for the company's electronics business. Sony has "stores within a store" in nearly 400 Best Buy stores and nearly 100 showrooms run by other retail customers, including P.C. Richard & Son.

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