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.

  • jacobchristie

    I guess it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for these things. For a while now, the only way you’ve been able to get them at Radio Shack has been through hobby kits .

  • Pick-up and drop-off makes a lot of sense. I was surprised to learn that, for the most part, that doesn’t exist in the US. Here in the UK, I’ve got several spots near me where I can have packages delivered. It’s good if you’re not home during the day.

  • tylernol

    you have not been able to get electronic bits like resistors,transistors,etc at radio shack for quite some time. Online stores like Adafruit,etc are a vast improvement.

  • Moeskido

    In recent years, the only time we’ve ever relied upon Radio Shack was for (a) emergency flashlights just before Superstorm Sandy, and (b) odd-sized button batteries for household electronics.

    I imagine most hobbyists who still need electronic parts now look for them on eBay.

    I’ll be sad to see Radio Shack disappear entirely, but it won’t have come as a surprise.

  • Terry Maraccini

    We luckily have a locally owned supply house for just those sorts of things.

    Or, you cana use the excellent, for these things. It’s what Radio Shack used to be.

    Radio Shack has been going out of business for many years. This time it finally took.

  • Sigivald

    Where else can I buy solder? Resistors? Wire? I guess Amazon wins again.