After 36 years, Fry's Electronics will close its doors., as spotted by PCGamer on Wednesday. The retailer, which is spread across 31 stores in nine states, cites challenges from the ongoing pandemic and from the changing retail industry as a whole as the reasons behind its decision.
"...Fry’s Electronics... 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.," a statement from the company via the landing page for Frys. com states. "The Company will implement the shut down through an orderly wind-down process that it believes will be in the best interests of the Company, its creditors, and other stakeholders."
It is undeniably surprising to see an electronics retailer go out of business so suddenly-- although some may have been anticipating that Fry's specifically didn't have too much longer to go ever since emptier and emptier shelves had been spotted at the fewer and fewer remaining brick and mortar locations of the retailer.
It seems that the only remaining business of the store will be closing out ongoing repairs, contact details for which can be found at the website's landing page.
Otherwise, we'll just say adieu to Fry's, it's been swell. Until further notice, it seems most of our electronics shopping must go to Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and other remaining brick and mortar retailers.