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Fry’s Electronics, one of the last major brick-and-mortar electronics chains in the US – and a Silicon Valley institution in particular – is closing permanently nationwide, local broadcaster KRON4 has, according to a report by Bill Reynolds and another by Matthew Keys

The company’s Facebook page has also disappeared and the Twitter feed has been set to private It was public tonight, though he hadn’t tweeted in a while

If you’ve ever visited a Fry in the past two to three years, this is no surprise

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the family business was threatened with extinction by online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and others.The company initially launched a campaign to price all of the items you could find online, and it added a kids’ toy aisle added, huge shelves of As Seen on TVs, even perfume But it got worse By 2019, a paradise of gadgets, computers, components, video games, audio equipment, and gadgets had become a ghost warehouse with empty shelves

It found the company was forced to switch to a shipment model that could only attract suppliers willing to be paid for their goods after Fry managed to sell them, after Fry managed to sell them, and many suppliers weren’t A former employee tells The Verge that Samsung went out of business due to unpaid bills and that even before the pandemic, Fry cut most full-time jobs to save money

YouTuber star Bitwit famously conducted a video investigation that showed how deep the once-big stores had sunk – and how the company was adding extra inventory to its Las Vegas store in case journalists were at CES Dropped by in 2020

Soon the company began to close its stores – and not just any stores, but big ones in the heart of Silicon Valley, like the cowboy-themed store in Palo Alto, steps from where mine is Dad had worked on the hazard Hiptop (better known as T-Mobile Sidekick) and a lot of big tech startups are still doing business The Palo Alto store closed in December 2019 I rode my bike to the Egyptian-themed pyramid-shaped store in Campbell, which was abruptly closed last November

Egyptians? Cowboys? Yes, stepping foot in the electronics of a Fry’s was an experience with an uppercase “E” – when I moved to the Bay Area in 1990, one of the very first stores was laid out like the inside of a (now old) computer – you would walking down the aisles of the motherboard and encountering huge human-sized capacitors and resistors The Egyptian shop had fake pillars, mummies and sarcophagi; Laptops were laid out on giant stone slabs held up by statues of black panthers The Palo Alto store that’s closed? Fake horses and hot air balloons hang from the ceiling

“Going to a Fry store is entertainment in itself For a geek, it could be a rest, “wrote former Apple manager Jean-Louis Gassée in a 2019 blog post. I totally agree – I even got myself something to eat occasionally, either a packet of discount astronaut ice cream or one of the lots, lots of choices from the huge candy shelves at the checkout they even made cheap hot dogs and soda in the parking lot, some summers growing up The company’s Black Friday doorbusters were also a Silicon Valley event with queues for $ 200 laptops and $ 60 router

You can also try lots of demo devices.I tried my first VR headset on a Fry long before Oculus came over.It was my first taste of Final Fantasy VII on a demo PlayStation

It was all about Fry’s notoriously poor customer service, however. Seldom was the day I found a member of staff who knew about their products, checkouts were long, returns were incredibly slow, and the company was known for taking product returns clap on a discount label and stick it right back on the shelf.You would also try to check each item against your receipt on your departure, which you (unlike Costco where you sign a member’s agreement) didn’t have to allow

(I can’t figure out where to put it, but there was also an amusing incident where it was found that a Ferrari driver embezzled $ 65 million)

The writing has been on the wall for Fry’s since last April, I would say when reports surfaced that his San Jose store could be replaced with an office campus – reports that often neglected to mention that Fry’s corporate headquarters are also the same occupied address

For many readers, this news is more of a nostalgia trigger than a real loss.But to me it feels like we’re at the end of the era of gadget stores now that the one I grew up with Over the years we’ve lost Radio Shack, Toys R Us, The Sharper Image and Brookstone, the Bose Stores, Circuit City, the Microsoft Store, and more. In Silicon Valley, we’ve also lost CompUSA and Micro Center, and stores like Halted (known for actual circuits, not computers) and WeirdStuff Warehouse (a wild experience itself, read my thread) have long since closed their doors as well.Some of the bigger ones have become zombie brands, but they have practically disappeared (Micro Center still has stores outside of the Bay Area)

Trying to think of any remaining Silicon Valley electronics stores, the central computer store and of course Apple and Best Buy. If you think of anything, let me know in the comments below? I might want to visit while this is still an option

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World News – USA – Fry’s Electronics is closing its doors for good

Source: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2021/2/24/22298616/frys-electronics-going-out-of-business