Newport’s only electronic parts outlet that also offers big screen TVs and high end audio equipment and radio communications is closing its doors May 15th. Radio Shack franchise holder Bruce Hawk says although the new owners of the franchise, Standard General Corporation, will keep 1,723 Radio Shack stores open, he said the warehouse distribution network could become a problem for him. Entire product lines will disappear with a heavy emphasis on just electronic basics as the “coming-out-of-bankruptcy” Radio Shack franchise delves deeper into personal electronics and cell phones, with in-store Sprint cell phone outlets.
So Hawk is hanging it up after 23 years of business. Again, the store’s last day will be May 15th.
The Radio Shack operator in Waldport said he anticipated the continued decline of Radio Shack and that the final disposition of the company came as no surprise to him. He said he’s not sure whether he’ll be able to keep stock of Radio Shack parts and materials or whether, under the decision of the Bankruptcy Court, they’ll even offer what has become a much scaled down product line. He said if Radio Shack more or less ceases to be, there are other electronic parts wholesalers he can order from, for cables, fittings and other consumer electronic items.
No question about it, it’ll be a boon for Amazon and other mass internet marketing giants with their infinite product selection combined with quick home delivery. Even drone delivery has been speculated on – albeit in a humorous sort of way.
Another passing of an era…and of a valuable source for electronic parts and devices that baby boomers certainly grew up with. Of course, in the day, when something broke you went down and got another part and kept the device running for another couple of years. Today, when something breaks the Chinese can put a new “upgraded” device in your hand at a price that makes a repair job seem pointless.
Something called progress.