My Radio Shack as a Kid - Radio Shack Closing 1100 stores - Why? I'll tell you!

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.....

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Comment by Jason Giecek on March 19, 2014 at 2:50pm

Does The Source sell potato powered radios?? :D

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on March 19, 2014 at 7:06am

years ago they closed all the Radio Shack stores in Canada and reopened them as franchises called The Source

Comment by Jason Giecek on March 18, 2014 at 8:35pm

Steve, my Color Computer Three was pretty cool! Had a tape recorder to save my programs in Basic!! Tee hee!! :D

Comment by Steve S on March 18, 2014 at 6:39pm

Uranium is for punters. I'm holding out for one of these lovely plutonium rings. Implode this baby and you'll have hand-held critical mass. Hot Cha Cha kaboom!

Comment by Steve S on March 18, 2014 at 6:30pm

The real Radio Shack of which you speak has been gone for about as long as that kid I was when I bought a little Tandy computer that clipped onto the TV antenna. I immediately wrote a sine wave-generating function in BASIC and watched it on TV. Then I went to work and picked up the  JCL error reports from the last night's COBOL runs at Mutual of Omaha.

Comment by Jason Giecek on March 18, 2014 at 2:02pm

chuck, ~nodding~ They get that training hard to activate the phone!! Not so much on the payment!! :D

Comment by chuck wilson on March 18, 2014 at 1:35pm

Last week there was a picture of my Radio Shack in the New York Times. I remember it took one clerk ten minutes to take my payment towards my RS credit card. Yet they know how to activate phones?


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