Fry's Electronics: Will They Be Gone Soon? | Retail Archaeology

In this episode we take a look at another Fry’s Electronics store and find things are much worse.

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  1. Rick Hoffman on December 24, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    this used to be THE store I would shop every week many times EVERY week, I also used to get 3 or more emails EVERYDAY no biggie I liked them, but now they are all just about mail order, they will NOT be able to compete with Amazon, I expect them to close many stores before Christmas if not RIGHT after. the morons working in their web stuff need to learn to say "you want frys with that order" cause they SUCK and their Facebook staff is worse then that

  2. Chris on December 24, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    That’s how the Houston North store looks. Pathetic

  3. Jordan Lund on December 24, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Same problem with the one in Wilsonville, Oregon. Theme? Never had one. "Recycled Incredible Universe" themed. 🙂 One week before Black Friday, lots of empty shelves, full blown removed aisles and product lines.

  4. Darkwing17 on December 24, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Fry’s Duluth Georgia is now closed permanently.

  5. Giovanna Catzinsky on December 24, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    What’s next for them Frys Furniture

  6. gornway on December 24, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    The Frys in CA looks the same

  7. EC L on December 24, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Frys Las Vegas Dec 2019, EMPTY

  8. A M on December 24, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    That section is just nothing but gay porn lol.

  9. ExaltedDuck on December 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Will they close? Seems likely. Or at least prune the worst half ofstores. I was in the one in Anaheim a couple months ago… couldnt find stock on shelves, had to ask multiple staff members to get any service, and when they did locate the item their website said was in stock but floor staff said wasnt, it was damaged open box priced to full retail. Regardless of how much longer tgeyr, around, they wont be gettin, any of my patronage. At least, not the Anaheim one. Burbank and Fountain Valley seemed OK the last time I was visited either

  10. Johan Orozco on December 24, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    About a month ago I went to the store in City of Industry, CA to check it out. It was mostly empty, but to make matters worse I managed to buy a food processor that was selling for $85 at $64 due to a price match guarantee. The manager who approved the transaction was mad when she realized that the item Amazon was selling for cheaper was the exact product they were selling. It really is thought for them. I also heard that their stores are mostly empty because they are changing their business model to one based on concessions. I really hope this is true as I really loved going to Fry’s since you can physically inspection the item before you but it, not to mention the fact that you could just go there to see if you need something you hadn’t thought about.

  11. Normal Shnormal on December 24, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Relatives on the coast say the Oxnard (Ventura) location is looking pretty shabby too. Empty shelves, aisles getting wider as they remove and re-space display shelves, fewer people in the store.

  12. Bizz McTavish on December 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Some recent news since my previous post:

    – Fry’s technically had a Black Friday, however the ad wasn’t so hot and people showed up for the mere fact that this is very likely going to be the last Black Friday Fry’s will ever have. Fry’s was famous for putting out one of the strongest ads every year consistently up until about 5 years ago. This year there were no PCs, (current gen) Laptops, Motherboards, CPUs, or Memory on the ad for the first time ever.

    – Several stores have been buying product from online or other retailers to make it look like they still have popular items in stock (such as Apple Products, Video Game Consoles, Razer products, etc.)

    – Several stores in areas hit by rainstorms have experienced roof leaks inside their stores. This isn’t uncommon, but Fry’s usually had someone to come out and fix the leaks within a day. Pictures have showed up all over social media showing buckets being used to catch water from the leaky ceilings. These leaks have been going unfixed since they probably cannot afford the roof repair people to fix them anymore. I can tell you that if these leaks go on for more than 7 days they can be shut down by the health and safety department.

    – Several stores have stopped receiving Beverage and Candy shipments. These were typically supplied and stocked by a 3rd party vendor. One notable thing about this is that the front checkout candy and drinks were always on a consignment model even when the rest of the store wasn’t. So it’s pretty doubtful that Fry’s’ excuse that they’re moving to a consignment model has anything to do with their current situation.

    last but not least, the biggest and hardest news I have seen yet:
    – As of December 3rd, the Duluth, GA location has closed. This was not a planned closure. They were open 12/2 then the very next day the doors were shuttered with a sign on the door saying the store has permanently closed. Duluth was one of the stores that was altering their operating hours I mentioned in my previous post (they were also the ones that were doing the Noon to 5 Sundays), so this could be used as an indicator to which stores might be up next. Right now it is not known why this store shut down all of a sudden. There are rumors going around that stores that are nearby other stores (Campbell, Anaheim, Roseville, Woodland Hills, San Marcos, Plano, and North Houston) are going to be next.

  13. ScubaCat3 on December 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Only 20 locations left listed on frys.com. That’s 20 more than they need for the amount of inventory they have, but whatever. Those will close soon enough, too.

  14. Jesse Awesome on December 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    So sad just walked into my local Frys in Dallas days before Christmas, and nothing was stocked. I hear they are only doing consignment which means they aren’t paying their suppliers and they’ve been dropped. That’s why we see “as seen on tv” products, because these are the only products willing to do consignments.

  15. Tim Perry on December 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Frys in Las Vegas is almost a wasteland now

  16. WasatchIntercept on December 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Shame on everyone who has a Frys nearby, but doesn’t shop there. We’ve never had even one Frys location in the entire state of Utah, and I’ve sorely missed it.

    Buying electronics online sucks. You can’t examine the merchandise first, before paying to buy it. But soon that’s all we will be left with.

  17. To The Lifeboats on December 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I visited the Irving, TX store in the DFW area. This was built not too long ago. I was really surprised at what I saw as well. Took some pics and a short video: https://twitter.com/HamEggsnSam/status/1190468582523723776?s=20

  18. rkmugen on December 24, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I miss CompUSA and Circuit City of the 1990’s. 🙁

  19. Tom's Test Kitchen on December 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Here in Austin, same thing. Early to mid 2000’s I must have spent a small fortune at Fry’s. Our’s has a music theme, the exterior has a giant grand piano.

  20. Inlanzer Gaming on December 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Frys is doing bad cause they’re not learning how Microcenter does their business. Last time I checked Microcenter is still doing very well.

  21. Anthony Gomez on December 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I remember when the Tempe store first opened and it was Incredible Universe then Fry’s. It used to be the spot when I was little. It was always packed w/people. I probably haven’t gone inside in a decade tho. Now I just glance at the parking lot on my way to AZ Mills or Denny’s

  22. Big Blue Frontend on December 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Glad these cocksuckers are going under. They stole from me.

  23. watercrest69 on December 24, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Dropped by Fry’s Electronics in Fountain Valley, CA and it saddens me to see the once bustling electronic store with so many empty shelves. The place feels like it’s about to shut it’s door for good any day now. Amazon and online shopping had decimated this place. Hopping Best Buy and Barnes Nobles stick around for awhile.

  24. Greg Jeffries on December 24, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Same story here in Wilsonville Or. Sad. Was like my second home.

  25. AliasUndercover on December 24, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I noticed this last time I went to my local Fry’s. Lots of empty slots and very little I was interested in buying. It’s a real shame.

  26. Comp Wiz2007 on December 24, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Fry’s doesn’t have jack shit on Micro Center, Fry’s isn’t even in the same league as Micro Center… Fry’s has a bunch of crap on their shelves…

  27. Eschatonx on December 24, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Sacramento location looks like it’s done.

  28. Bizz McTavish on December 24, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Things have gotten significantly worse lately. It’s pretty well known at this point that they haven’t gotten pretty much any new shipments of products for months now, but having worked there I can tell you that product that is going to be on the Black Friday ad needed to be in store and ready by the Wednesday of the previous week. That hasn’t happened. On top of this several other things have started to happen, none of which are good:

    – Large sections of some stores, from the returns section, to aisles, to almost entire departments have started being closed off completely. Smaller departments, such as music, software, and movies have been merged into other departments or have been done away with completely.

    – Loss Prevention staff is nonexistent at some locations. The Store Manager or Person in Charge has been having to deal with shoplifters directly, some of which have stopped caring. A friend of mine walked into a store this past week and saw someone just walk in, grab a bunch of stuff and walked out the front door without anyone doing so much as looking at the person.

    – Some locations have altered their hours of operation. Including a store that changed their Sunday hours from Noon open to 5PM close (update: this was the Duluth, GA location which closed on 12/3).

    – All Computer & TV Demo and Display units have been taken out at certain stores.

    – The Cafe at several locations has closed permanently. As have almost all Car Stereo Install Bays and Tech/Repair Departments.

    – Employment Applications have been taken out of almost every store. However there have been reports of people being hired instantly for stores that need the help without the need for one.

    – While they say no stores are closing except Palo Alto, the Anaheim store has also lost their lease and will be evicted by the end of the year. Another location in Texas which is under an expiring lease (Austin or Plano?) has been sending product to another Texas location and will be closing soon as well.

    – While technically not a location, the "RTV" warehouse in California has emptied and has been closed down. The RTV warehouse was where all of the broken or returned products that are unsellable in stores were sent to so they can go back to the manufacturer for repackaging or refurbishment. Some stores have gotten some of this product back and were told to sell as-is in a clearance section while the rest was crushed and taken to a landfill.

    – All Fry’s Credit Card kiosks and signage for the Fry’s Card have been taken out. Employees have been notified that the Fry’s Card has been discontinued and there will be no new signups. <- HUGE

    All signs are pointing to the end. Even if some miracle happens I can’t see them hanging on much longer.

  29. Handyman Brian on December 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    the frye’s on baseline and I10 is also dead. almost no inventory left. shelves are empty. there were maybe 8 people in the whole store. the manager said theyre out of stock on a few items. i chuckled.

  30. Manuel Ademan Angeles on December 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Just got confirmation my local Frys in Palo Alto, CA cannot renew their lease. This location is the cool western theme. Shame to see it close.

  31. Michael Marfell on December 24, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    The Roseville, Ca store is twice as bare.

  32. Townlake 101 on December 24, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I went to a Fry’s in Fisher’s Indiana and it was pretty disappointing. Most shelves were empty, no gpus or CPUs. I saw some wires that haven’t been there before and are over 25 years old. Employees were talking about if sales didn’t get better they were closing. I was truly disappointed of what became of Fry’s electronics. It doesn’t even seem like the same store anymore

  33. Jesse Awesome on December 24, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    They’re not liquidating their inventory – they’ve been repoed, and now they’re trying to get supplier on consignments. The only suppliers willing to do that are the ones with little leverage – the “as seen on TV” crap.

  34. Bryan Cooley on December 24, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Good documentary. Heres my experience: Death of another geektailer (retailer)? I went into Fry’s, in San Marcos, a couple weeks ago to get a type C to HDMI cable and an estimated 90 percent of the shelves and pegs were empty. I inquired of a store employee as to whether or not the store was closing and he exclaimed something along the lines of "negotiating new agreements with vendors" but I was free to infer upon my own what that meant. When I approached the lone open register the team member asked if I’d found everything I was looking for o.k. I was dumbfounded at the question.

  35. HighFlyer on December 24, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    So I was in the area today Dec 20th and stopped in to see how bad it was. It’s bad. Last Friday before Christmas and the parking lot had less than 20 vehicles. I assume most belonged to employees.

    Inside there were bare shelves everywhere. Over in the tools section they had one maybe two types of noname solder. And half the space was taken up by hundreds of $6.99 irons. Video games were wiped out a few different games for consoles. I was going to pick up some printer ink. There was one magenta cartridge for mine that’s it.

    To be honest I’m not sure they want to sell anything. Almost everything I looked at was extremely overpriced. I recently purchased a few UPS batteries on Amazon for $17.99/ea. Fry’s price was $37.99 for the same generic battery. They had a few toy rc helicopters that can be purchased new for $10 on eBay. Fry’s sale price $21.99.

  36. J H on December 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Some time in the future. Your local gas station will have 3D printers that will make Purity much anything and bigger store like Walmart will have 3D printers that would make bigger things

  37. WRATH2501 on December 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I hope the company rots. I worked there for years and they treated employees like shit. They talked to us like we were stupid property, tried to make us work through lunches, (WHILE CLOCKED OUT) stiffed us on over time, had barely enough staff to run the store, made us work hours we weren’t available for, NEVER let us take our breaks as allowed by both company policy AND STATE LAW, had us keep working through a BOMB THREAT, and stole sales from the sales staff. They made me do jobs I was not trained for OR HIRED FOR and when I got a certification to get a raise the boss waited till AFTER CHRISTMAS to send it in so I could get my raise. I took the test in AUGUST. Where I worked several employees had their cars broken into multiple times, including me, and the manager said it was our fault. I literally got put in the hospital for a week because of the shit that place put me through. I nearly died from extreme hypertension. When I got out and told the boss I couldn’t work on certain days due to health, he responded with, "Do you think you’re special?" Not to mention the shit they sold was often twice as much, if not more, than it cost to get online. So yeah, rot in hell Fry’s you will not be missed.

  38. A guy on the internet on December 24, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Serious circuit city vibes going on.

  39. Sir Nicholas on December 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    What’s crazy to me is Microcenter is basically the same store and every time I go to microcenter it’s really busy. During the month of the Ryzen 3000 launch I went 5 times and each time I could hardly find parking.

  40. numba1corner14 on December 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Former Frys Plano, AW manager fuck frys…….

  41. lim3lif3 on December 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Computer geeks buy stuff online. I feel like I was just buying cpu parts here.

  42. Michael Wayne on December 24, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Must be a huge markup on fragrances.

  43. John Stancliff on December 24, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    they have ALWAYS been mismanaged. I used to live in Sunnyvale, Calif. where they are from… and even in the 1980’s they never could do good business… They don’t understand how to properly stock the stores… I think its because of the original founders and the lack of proper business training! sad… I never did any business with them, they NEVER had what I was looking for.

  44. Jason Weston on December 24, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Now I wont enjoy rock road candy bars after browsing the best electronics store ever and buying stuff

  45. rkohnke1 on December 24, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    This would explain what I have seen in the stores here in Los Angeles. I think that this might have been going on for a while. Why get things from Fry’s when you can get better selection from Amazon or another on line retailer. Just as a side note, this is one of the few chains that every time I would go in to look for something, I would get seriously upset at an employee for one reason or another. usually because of the employee getting side tracked and leaving me while helping me find something.

  46. Carlos Herrera on December 24, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the video. Sad to see. Same thing is happening here in Silicon Valley.

  47. Farangi Tango on December 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I returned a motherboard to Frys that didnt work, and I watched the guy put it back on the shelf.

  48. Hamza Hassan on December 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    So sad to see the last well known electronics store going down hill. RadioShack is gone. There was a place I was unfamiliar with called Circuit City. I never went there. I would buy electric components from frys and make stuff with arduino uno. I looked for a electronics store just in case the roomer that they are restocking is untrue, and found a small store with a old looking exterior. It’s either them or amazon which I have to wait a week to do what I want to do.

  49. Raiistars1 on December 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I remember 6 years ago during black friday. the lines were crazy. Sad to see it went downhill

  50. Dass e on December 24, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I bought world of warcraft (6CDs) from this location in 2005 for 19.99$

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