Radio Shack earlier this month announced they would be closing 1,100 stores or nearly twenty percent of their stores.
The reasons - according to The Corporate "Man" - decrease in traffic and sales.
I remember a time when I could walk into my local Radio Shack (at the time, it was in a spooky little building on the main drag of my town but then decided to move into the Mall where my creepy friend moved with them. "I'll still be able to get you uranium!" he told me. I was glad!) and buy everything from a battery cable to plans and parts to build a thermonuclear device.
Back then, the government didn't care that you built such a thing as long as you used it against the "Enemy of the States".
Nowadays, no one knows who the Enemies are so the government gets kind of nervous when you build such a device but I digress.
Back then, Radio Shack had a pretty sweet machine called the Tandy. (Google it. I had a Tandy 1000 SL and some adventure games from Sierra and Lucas Art! I really do miss those days!) and you could also buy a kit to make a radio set that was powered by a potato.
I know, it was a pretty sweet store.
Even with my creepy friend running it.
Awhile back, I wandered into the old Shack. It had been a long time before then since I had been in the old store and I thought, I NEED A RADIO POWERED BY A POTATO.
I was shocked to discovered they should have renamed it to Cell Phone Central. My radio was replaced by cell phones.
My thermonuclear fissionable material was replaced by head sets for said cell phones.
And my creepy friend was replaced by a creepy cell phone sales person.
"We have all kinds of phones!" he said, shoving some phone in my face.
"Where's the diodes? Where's the TV set you have to build from the ground up?"
"Sir! This is Cell phone Shack!! LEAVE NOW YOU ANCIENT SOUL!!"
And I knew that day where Radio Shack began it's decline.
People want radios powered by a potato.
You can get a cell phone from some kiosk guy at the Mall.
But the radio can only be obtained by a creepy friend at The Radio Shack.....