Radio Shack bankruptcy looms, sources say Amazon looking to buy, convert stores

Bloomberg: Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations, has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Amazon has considered using the RadioShack stores as showcases for the Seattle-based company’s hardware, as well as potential pickup and drop-off centers for online customers, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are private.

The possible move, discussed as part of RadioShack’s looming trip to bankruptcy court, would represent Amazon’s biggest push into traditional retail. Amazon joins other potential bidders, including Sprint Corp. and the investment group behind Brookstone, in evaluating RadioShack stores, people familiar with the situation said. RadioShack has more than 4,000 U.S. locations and is moving toward a deal to sell a portion and close the rest, according to some of the people. Sprint has discussed buying 1,300 to 2,000, they said.

I imagine Amazon is looking for a place where they can demo the Fire phone, Amazon Echo, and Amazon Kindle devices. Maybe they’ll keep copies of the Washington Post by the checkout.

If Radio Shack does shutter its doors, I will miss them. Where else can I buy solder? Resistors? Wire? I guess Amazon wins again.