Fry’s Electronics shuts down permanently


Fry’s Electronics is shutting down.


Consumer electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics is going out of business after nearly 36 years.

Fry’s “has made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the company said in a statement on its website. The company said it has begun the “wind-down” process as of Wednesday and has stopped its normal operations.

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The chain, which has 31 stores in nine states, was also known for its elaborate store themes, such as its Burbank, California, location that had a flying saucer sticking out of the building. 

The statement also said that customers who had something being repaired at a store can email to sort out the return.

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On Twitter, people are lamenting the chain’s closing, including some notable names. 

Fry’s Electronics’ closing is the end of an era. An era when you went to an Aztec temple to be yelled at by a man in a vest for not knowing enough about computer parts, picked up a motherboard from a guy who lived in a cage then got air freshener in a cat food can.

RIP a legend.

— Jesse Thorn (@JesseThorn) February 24, 2021

When I used to live in Palo Alto, going to Fry’s was always a blast. It was nerd Disneyland.

Fry’s wasn’t normy like Best Buy, they had real electronics and a fantastic number of PC upgrade parts.

They will be missed. <3

— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) February 24, 2021


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