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Open Radio Shack Sighted in Ashtabula, Ohio
Kirt's Cogitations™ #304

Open Radio Shack Sighted in Ashtabula, Ohio (Kirt's Cogitation #304) - RF CafeWhile not quite the equivalent of an Elvis sighting, I was utterly surprised to see an open Radio Shack store in the Ashtabula Towne Square Mall during a recent trip to Ohio. As you can see in the photo, it is a shell of a store, with products on display only along the walls. Do you remember the days when every shopping mall and plaza had a Radio Shack crammed full of stereos, radios, calculators, antennas, computer accessories (and the TRS-80), toys, and of course a huge portion of the store dedicated to electronic project Radio Shack "Battery Club" card - RF Cafecomponents? I had a "Battery Club" card for a couple decades, and a current catalog was always on my bookshelf. If, as the old saying goes, "Misery loves company," then the good folks at the Ashtabula Radio Shack can at least take some solace in the dismal state of the entire mall, which is like a ghost town (similar to a growing number of U.S. malls). The Radio Shack in Erie's Millcreek Mall shut down about five years ago (our only Sears closed last year). The store in a local plaza finally closed about a year ago, so we have no more Radio Shacks in Erie. Here is the My Radio Shack Eulogy I posted last year.

 

 

Posted June 25, 2018

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