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« on: February 06, 2015, 08:41:49 AM »

     It's been years in the making, but today I saw the news that Radio Shack is declaring bankruptcy.  The 2,400 stores are closing.
     I've been going to R.S. since the 1970's but less and less as the years progressed.  In the 70's and 80's, I would go there for the audio equipment --mics, speakers, and cabling.  Then in the late 80's and 90's, I went for the floppy disks and blank videotapes.  Of course in 2005, it was for the Hummer DTV (off-shoot of the C64 DTV).  In these last years, it would be for an audio adapter, patch cord, switch, even computer speakers.  But I was not a regular customer... I would just pop in every once in awhile, whereas in the early years, I would regularly visit to see what they would have.  In the early years, it was a must-have to get the Radio Shack catalog; I would drool over the stereo equipment, even the Tandy 100 et al portable computer.
     The catalog was discontinued a few years ago, and it wasn't the same to browse through their website.  It wasn't the same, because in the early years, I'd see the same, long-time employees and build up a relationship with them.
     I suppose I should visit the local Radio Shack for old times' sake... just to reminisce.  Just to look at the trendy toys and those patch cords and adapters again.

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 05:21:07 AM »

The 2,400 stores are closing.

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I suppose I should visit the local Radio Shack for old times' sake...
     I now read that 1,700+ stores will remain open.  These would be the franchise stores and the stores which be more like Sprint stores than Radio Shack stores.  Even with the reduction in the number of stores, this new R.S. still would have many more storefronts than other chain stores.
     Now the question is... would any of the R.S.'s stay open in my area?

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2015, 03:35:54 AM »

All of our Future Shop stores have closed, and are converting to Best Buy.

The times, they are a changing...
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 10:11:05 AM »

     Best Buy?!  Last I heard was that Best Buy was not in the greatest condition financially.

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2015, 11:09:25 AM »

Now the question is... would any of the R.S.'s stay open in my area?
     Well, the one in town where I work has stayed open as a Radio Shack.  The one in the town where I live is now mostly a Sprint store with some R.S. materials in the back.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2016, 04:01:30 AM »

I have no idea why they won't revive their Tandy and TRS-80 line. That would be a gold mine today!
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2016, 08:57:11 AM »

     A gold mine only for Tandy fans.  Wink

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