They began in Boston in 1921, when two brothers opened the first Radio Shack store. Over the years, the familiar outlets brought an exciting world of electronics to cities and towns across America, even into Mexico.
Now, after being pounded by 11 consecutive quarterly losses, Radio Shack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, announcing it will quickly close 1,784 of its close to 5,000 stores in an effort to consolidate operations, save money, and prevent total corporate collapse.
CNN reports that only three states are being spared from the imminent store shutterings: Alaska, Nevada, and West Virginia.
“The state with the most closings is California, with 175, followed by New York and the company’s home state of Texas. Vermont has only 2 stores slated to close.”
Unable to compete with retail giants such as Best Buy, and also battered by online competition, Radio Shack has reportedly not said how many jobs will be lost from the store closings.
As the lights are about to go out in stores across America, CNN Money has shared a compilation video of Radio Shack commercials that kept those lights on for so many years.
You can take the nostalgic trip back in time by clicking on the video above.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom