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Radio Shack, 5496 Forest Drive Suite G: Late February 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:15 am in closing

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Another day, another Radio Shack. Sic transit gloria mundi.

This one is in the Wal Mart plaza at Forest & I-77, and is I believe the same operating unit that was originally in a free-standing building near the current Forest Drive Rite Aid and then in Trenholm Plaza. If so, this is the Radio Shack that I historically cut my teeth at. I used to take tubes to be tested at the freestanding location all the time, and bought (or talked my parents into buying) a number of hobby kits there. Later, I was a member of the Battery Of The Month club at the Trenholm Plaza location, and got what I call my "lucky" screwdrivers as a free BOTM gift there. ('Lucky' in that I've had them for over 30 years now, and have never lost or broken them -- yet). I remember I used to manage my BOTM days so that I could get one battery on the last day of a month, and then the next day, get another on the first day of the next month. [This was important since, a) it always took at least two batteries to do anything, and b) I never had any money]

I don't believe I ever actually went into this store after it moved to the current location. By that time, I was living out of town, had enough money to buy batteries, and had bid adieu to vacuum tubes.

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(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

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  1. Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:36:12 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: Yeah - they are dropping like flies now. I went by the Two Notch location at lunch and the Bush River store this evening and they are already closed. I haven't checked out the Harbison store yet but it may be gone as well.... Maybe this weekend.

    Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:44:30 +0000
    Author: Terry

    Comment: I stopped by the Woodhill Mall RS to grab some zip ties but someone else had the same idea before me. I noticed that even at the 40% off inventory reduction sale they are still cheaper at Lowe's.

    The lone employee told me some of the other staff members had already found some jobs in area restaurants. Are there no technical jobs available or were these people not electronics guys to begin with? I suspect the latter.

    While leaving the store it occurred to me that I will not miss Radio Shack. Apparently the rest of the country feels the same way.

    Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 03:48:14 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: I won't miss The Radio Shack of today. All I can do is remember what they used to be - while I'm ordering all of the goodies I used to get there from Amazon.........

    Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 03:34:57 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment: I made it to Columbiana for the first time tonight since RadioShack's liquidation began and can confirm for you all that Columbiana's location has (following at least 2 moves) has finally faded off into the sunset...

    ted

    5 Mar 15 at 7:36 am

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