While many Radio Shack stores will close, my local store will remain open.
The news last week that Radio Shack had filed for bankruptcy came as no surprise. It's not quite the end of the world, as David Blaza wrote. Yes, the store closing list is long but some stores will survive. One of those stores likely to survive is my local store, pictured below.
My local Radio Shack is expected to remain open.
I visited the store over the weekend. There were no bankruptcy sales. Instead, it was business as usual. People came in for phone chargers, Bluetooth headsets, and other devices. I was saddened, however, to see the next-nearest store, at 730 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, is on the potential closure list. I'll try to get over there soon, if the snow ever stops.
You may not know this, but the original Radio Shack store was indeed here in downtown Boston, on Brattle Street. When store manager told me, I wondered what happened to that store and for that matter, the street. Brattle St. in Boston was razed in the 1960s to make way for a new Boston City Hall. The same "urban renewal" caused the demolition of a portion of Court St., the portion where Alexander Graham Bell developed the telephone.
What makes this store profitable? It could be location. The store is centrally located in a densely populated area. Many people (including me) can walk there. The nearest Best Buy is across the Charles River and the nearest "real" electronics store, You-Do-It Electronics, is beyond public transportation. Unfortunately, location didn't help the Commonwealth Ave. store, even though it's in close proximity to Boston University.
Based on inventory, I have to conclude that my local Radio Shack remains profitable because people come in to buy parts, tools, cables, maker kits, phone accessories, and even drones. The store does sell wireless phones, but why go to Radio Shack when every major wireless provider has a store within one block?
As for why the Commonwealth Ave. store will close, I haven't a clue, not yet anyway. I hope to hear from Radio Shack's press-relations people soon. When I do, I'll report back to you.
The next pages have photos from inside my local store. As you will see, the store certainly serves local do-it-yourselfers.
To Page 2: Inside the local Radio Shack