Scraping Best Buy Stores Location

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Best Buy store locations in the USA
Figure 1: Best Buy store locations. Source: Best Buy Store Locations dataset**

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Scraping Best Buy stores locator using Python

We will keep things simple for now and try to web scrape Best Buy store locations for only one zipcode.

Python is great for web scraping and we will be using a library called Selenium to extract Best Buy store locator’s raw html source for zipcode 94536 (Fremont, CA area).

### Using Selenium to extract Best Buy store locator's raw html source
from selenium import webdriver
from import By
from import Select

import time

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd

test_url = ''

option = webdriver.ChromeOptions()

chromedriver = r'chromedriver_path'
browser = webdriver.Chrome(chromedriver, options=option)


html_source = browser.page_source


Using BeautifulSoup to extract Best Buy store details

Once we have the raw html source, we should use a Python library called BeautifulSoup for parsing the raw html files.

  • You should open the page in the chrome browser and click inspect.

HTML source code for Best Buy store locator webpage
Figure 2: Inspecting the source of Best buy store locator.

  • We will extract store names.

  • The data will still require some cleaning to extract out store names, address line 1,address line 2, city, state, zipcode and phone numbers but thats just basic Python string manipulation and we will leave that as an exercise to the reader.

# extracting Best Buy store names
soup=BeautifulSoup(html_source, "html.parser")

store_name_list_src = soup.find_all('h2', {'class','location-card-heading c-section-title heading-6 v-fw-medium '})
store_name_list = []

for val in store_name_list_src:
    ['Union City',
 'Mountain View',
 'El Camino Real',
 'San Carlos',
 'Santana Row',
 'The Plant',
 'Blossom Hill',
 'Pleasant Hill',
 'San Francisco (13th and Harrison St.)',
 'Slatten Ranch',

The next step is extracting addresses. Referring back to the inspect in the chrome browser, we see that each address text is in fact of the class name c-address so we just use the BeautifulSoup find_all method to extract that into a list.

# extracting best buy addresses

addresses_src = soup.find_all('span',{'class', 'loc-address'})

address_list = []

for val in addresses_src:
# Output

    ['31350 Courthouse DrUnion City, CA 94587',
 '63 Ranch DrMilpitas, CA 95035',
 '2460 E Charleston RdMountain View, CA 94043',
 '4820 Dublin BlvdDublin, CA 94568',
 '715 E El Camino RealMountain View, CA 94040',
 '1127 Industrial RdSan Carlos, CA 94070',
 '3090 Stevens Creek BlvdSan Jose, CA 95128',
 '181 Curtner AveSan Jose, CA 95125',
 '5065 Almaden ExpySan Jose, CA 95118',
 '3700 Mandela PkwyOakland, CA 94608']

We will extract Phone number of each store using a similar approach.

phone_number_list = []
for val in phone_number_src:
# Output
    ['Phone Number510-441-2130',
 'Phone Number408-942-0201',
 'Phone Number650-903-0591',
 'Phone Number925-829-7041',
 'Phone Number408-738-8680',
 'Phone Number650-622-0050',
 'Phone Number408-241-6040',
 'Phone Number408-297-0701',
 'Phone Number408-979-1591',
 'Phone Number510-420-0323',
 'Phone Number925-988-0256',
 'Phone Number650-756-8711',
 'Phone Number415-626-9682',
 'Phone Number925-513-4995',
 'Phone Number209-832-2166']

Converting into CSV file

You can take the lists above, and read it as a pandas DataFrame.

import pandas as pd
df = pd.DataFrame({"store_name":store_name_list,"address":address_list, "phone_number":phone_number_list})

    address     phone_number    store_name
0   31350 Courthouse DrUnion City, CA 94587     Phone Number510-441-2130    Union City
1   63 Ranch DrMilpitas, CA 95035   Phone Number408-942-0201    Milpitas
2   2460 E Charleston RdMountain View, CA 94043     Phone Number650-903-0591    Mountain View
3   4820 Dublin BlvdDublin, CA 94568    Phone Number925-829-7041    Dublin
4   715 E El Camino RealMountain View, CA 94040     Phone Number408-738-8680    El Camino Real

Scaling up to a full crawler for extracting all Best Buy store locations in USA

  • Once you have the above scraper that can extract data for one zipcode/city, you will have to iterate through all the US zip codes.

  • it depends on how much coverage you want, but for a national chain like Best Buy you are looking at running the above function 100,000 times or more to ensure that no region is left out.

  • Once you scale up to make thousands of requests, the servers will start blocking your IP address outright or you will be flagged and will start getting CAPTCHA.

  • To make it more likely to successfully fetch data for all USA, you will have to implement:

    • rotating proxy IP addresses preferably using residential proxies.
    • rotate user agents
    • Use an external CAPTCHA solving service like 2captcha or

After you follow all the steps above, you will realize that our pricing($50) for web scraped store locations data for all Best Buy stores locations is one of the most competitive in the market.