Fry’s Electronics. RIP.

From Fry’s updated home page today:

After nearly 36 years in business as the one-stop-shop and online resource for high-tech professionals across nine states and 31 stores, Fry’s Electronics, Inc. (“Fry’s” or “Company”), 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 ceased regular operations and began the wind-down process on February 24, 2021.

Folks on the east coast might be wondering what this is all about. Fry’s Electronics was at the heart of Silicon Valley itself, a big box electronics retail wonderland for entrepreneurs that opened its doors in Sunnyvale, California back in 1985.

As to the cause of their door-closing, seems to me COVID-19 was the final nail, that Amazon was the driving force.

Sad to see Fry’s go. End of an era.