More Radio Shack stores are closing or have recently closed. The chain of electronics stores has run its course. Game over.
It's taken a few years, but now, the last few remaining Radio Shack stores in Boston are closing. The parent company announced on March 8 that it was closing approximately 200 stores and evaluating options on the remaining 1,300. I won't miss them.
Reports vary as to the exact number of closings. Business Insider reported on March 17 that 552 stores were closing and posted a list. But I know of two stores in the Boston area that are closing or have closed that are missing from the list. The store at 730 Commonwealth Ave. is gone. Having been there in February, I was surprised to see it shuttered while passing by last week. The Commonwealth Avenue store, located next to Boston University, was the relocated original store that opened in 1921.
While on the same bike ride that day, I saw that the store on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge (near MIT and Harvard) was closing. That decision must have been recent, for the store was well-stocked when I took the photo below.
The Radio Shack store in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was still well-stocked on April 29, 2017.
I thought about buying an extra iPhone charge/sync cable in Cambridge but didn't. Why? Because even at 50% discounts, prices were still higher than I can get online and equal to the price of a similar cable at Staples. That's always been the problem with Radio Shack: high prices. They just couldn't compete with online retailers and even with many brick-and-mortar stores. When I needed to buy capacitors to fix a computer monitor, I went to You-Do-It Electronics, which has always had a larger selection than any RadioShack. Even computer retailer Micro Center, which has a store in Cambridge, sells components. Unlike the recently closed RadioShack (see photo below), neither You-Do-It nor Micro Center is in walking distance, but they're close enough.
The former site of Radio Shack at 1330 Beacon St., Brookline, Massachusetts, is waiting for a new tenant. The store survived the early rounds of closing but ran out of time.
Do you know of a Radio Shack store that's still open? Will you care if it closes?
—Martin Rowe covers test and measurement for EE Times and EDN. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org