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Fry’s Electronics Goes Out of Business

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Another one bites the dust: Online shopping and a global pandemic have forced big-box store Fry’s Electronics to close all locations, effective immediately.

Known for its elaborate decorations (including huge statues of pop culture characters and retro car bodies as dining tables), the family-owned operation began as a 20,000 square-foot electronics store in Sunnyvale, Calif. At its peak, the chain operated 34 stores in nine states.

“After nearly 36 years in business as the one-stop-shop and online resource for high-tech professionals … Fry’s Electronics, Inc. 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,” according to a message on the company website.

Fry's Electronics interior

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