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Author Topic: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close  (Read 10423 times)

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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2015, 04:24:56 PM »

AutoZone should have bought out RadioShack so they can legally change their name back to AutoShack. I still remember the spat that Tandy Corporporation ("Goliath") had with AutoShack ("David") back in the 1980s which forced them to change their name to AutoZone. It would have been sweet revenge had AutoZone thought about buying up RadioShack that the "David" and "Goliath" roles are now reversed.

When I would hear the slogan in the AutoZone commercials, I would say "Get in the Shack, AutoShack!" as if I was living in an alternate reality where AutoZone kept their original name.
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2015, 04:46:25 PM »

AutoZone should have bought out RadioShack so they can legally change their name back to AutoShack.

The better revenge (and more lousy-reputation-shedding move) would be to change Radio Shack's name to Radio Zone.
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2015, 04:54:10 PM »

AutoZone should have bought out RadioShack so they can legally change their name back to AutoShack. I still remember the spat that Tandy Corporporation ("Goliath") had with AutoShack ("David") back in the 1980s which forced them to change their name to AutoZone. It would have been sweet revenge had AutoZone thought about buying up RadioShack that the "David" and "Goliath" roles are now reversed.

When I would hear the slogan in the AutoZone commercials, I would say "Get in the Shack, AutoShack!" as if I was living in an alternate reality where AutoZone kept their original name.
I'm missing something.  The Auto Zones in MA were previously known as Auto Palaces and were originally known as ADAPs (American Discount Auto Parts).
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #28 on: February 12, 2015, 05:01:22 PM »

AutoZone should have bought out RadioShack so they can legally change their name back to AutoShack. I still remember the spat that Tandy Corporporation ("Goliath") had with AutoShack ("David") back in the 1980s which forced them to change their name to AutoZone. It would have been sweet revenge had AutoZone thought about buying up RadioShack that the "David" and "Goliath" roles are now reversed.

When I would hear the slogan in the AutoZone commercials, I would say "Get in the Shack, AutoShack!" as if I was living in an alternate reality where AutoZone kept their original name.
I'm missing something.  The Auto Zones in MA were previously known as Auto Palaces and were originally known as ADAPs (American Discount Auto Parts).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AutoZone

"In 1998, AutoZone acquired 112 Auto Palace stores in six states in the northeastern United States"
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #29 on: February 12, 2015, 05:03:34 PM »

And 15 years after ending a 40-year ride with its unstable significant other, lowly Tandy lives to see another day:

www.tandyleatherfactory.com/
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2015, 01:26:56 PM »

I finally discovered how to identify the franchises over the corporate owned stores.  The franchises all have the word "Dealer" next the name Radio Shack on the store sign.

I found out that one store near me was not selling out, and he had the old style logo with dealer on his overhead sign over the building within a strip mall in Kissimmee. 

Apparently its the corporate stores selling out, but the franchised owned stores are still staying in business.
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2015, 01:38:33 PM »

It sounds odd at first, but technology killed Radio Shack.

In the past, Radio Shack was the place you went to for electronic parts - capacitors and resistors and the like. Or odd audio cables and adapters. Maybe a TV antenna and coax cable.

Then everything went digital and wireless and disposable. Today, there is nothing that Radio Shack sells in a store that I cannot get elsewhere - and likely get cheaper.

Had they consolidated stores some time ago, they might have been able to salvage themselves.

At this point, the vultures are beginning to circle, waiting for the inevitable markdowns and clearance sales.

I was confused when I read that General Wireless was going to put Sprint stores in many of those company-owned stores - and that the Sprint 'store' would only take up about 30% of the floor space. What are they going to do with the remainder?

Technology didn't kill Radio Shack.  Their inability to adapt to technology did.  Blockbuster went under when they could have been the original redbox. 
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #32 on: March 22, 2015, 09:54:53 PM »

Wall Street Journal: RadioShackís Future to Be Decided at Bankruptcy Auction - Standard General plan calls for working with Sprint to save 1,723 stores

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RadioShack Corp.ís fate hangs in the balance Monday when a bankruptcy auction kicks off, pitting companies that want to liquidate the electronic retailerís remaining assets against a hedge fund that has pledged to keep about half the chainís stores open.

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There is little doubt hedge fund Standard General LP is the sole hope of survival for the company that introduced generations of consumers to electronic toys from ham radios, walkie-talkies, citizens-band radios and calculators to computers and cellphones.

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Other than liquidators, no other contenders surfaced in weeks of heavy marketing or in the year before the February bankruptcy filing./quote]

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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2018, 07:42:23 AM »

Amazingly enough, the name Radio Shack is planned to return to the retail landscape.

They have deals with the HobbyTown chain, as well as store-in-a-store sections of other retail stores.  The company is now privately-held (no stock, no shareholders, no wild Wall Street swings), and is looking for franchised "dealer" operations.

http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/radioback-fort-worth-electronics-retailer-returns-from-the-brink/article_a7f0261e-975b-11e8-91b3-3b746840ba1d.html
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2018, 09:20:05 AM »

Amazingly enough, the name Radio Shack is planned to return to the retail landscape.

They have deals with the HobbyTown chain, as well as store-in-a-store sections of other retail stores.  The company is now privately-held (no stock, no shareholders, no wild Wall Street swings), and is looking for franchised "dealer" operations.

http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/radioback-fort-worth-electronics-retailer-returns-from-the-brink/article_a7f0261e-975b-11e8-91b3-3b746840ba1d.html
I think they tried to do the same thing with Circuit City. To date, it hasnít gone anywhere.
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #35 on: August 25, 2018, 09:16:30 PM »

I use to rely on Radio Shack back when I was heavy into the CB radio. I'm not really into CB's much anymore but would love to hook one up and see if there is anyone still on the radio. Cell phones obviously took over for CB's.
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2018, 03:00:28 PM »

I use to rely on Radio Shack back when I was heavy into the CB radio. I'm not really into CB's much anymore but would love to hook one up and see if there is anyone still on the radio. Cell phones obviously took over for CB's.
Considering they still sell CB accessories at truck stops, someone must be. As our more rural members frequently remind us, cell phone coverage isnít available everywhere.
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Re: Radio Shack files Chapter 11, stores to close
« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2018, 10:42:39 AM »

I use to rely on Radio Shack back when I was heavy into the CB radio. I'm not really into CB's much anymore but would love to hook one up and see if there is anyone still on the radio. Cell phones obviously took over for CB's.
Considering they still sell CB accessories at truck stops, someone must be. As our more rural members frequently remind us, cell phone coverage isnít available everywhere.

And truckers don't know the cell numbers of all the other truckers out there. Given the fact that radar detectors are illegal in big rigs, they just about have to use CBs to know the locations of cops. Waze isn't reliable when the cop's on the move.
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