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Will local Radio Shacks get short-circuited?

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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 11:41 am

Should we put area Radio Shacks on the endangered species list?

Earlier this month, the Fort Worth-based electronics retailer generated buzz by announcing it would close 1,100 of its underperforming U.S. stores as it reported a $191.4 million loss in the fourth quarter.

I called Radio Shack’s corporate office this week in an attempt to get news about the stores that operated in Galveston, League City, Texas City, La Marque and Kemah. Here’s the email I received Thursday:

“We are not releasing a store closing list at this time. However, Radio Shack will maintain market coverage as part of this plan, with more than 4,000 U.S. stores in the Radio Shack footprint. We will have information to share in the future.”

Industry analysts and observers blamed Radio Shack’s dated image and loss of market share to Best Buy and Amazon.com.

Radio Shack is working to modernize its image, even poking fun at itself in a Super Bowl Commercial that starred a cast of 1980s celebrities, including Hulk Hogan and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister.

As a teenager, I always liked a trip with my dad to Radio Shack. It’s where he bought me my first good stereo, speakers and headphones.

I shop the bigger boxes. But last month, I went into the Galveston shop and, in a twist, bought my dad a wireless speaker kit for his birthday.

I wondered why I didn't shop there more. I liked the personal service and didn’t have to wander around the store for long to get help or find exactly what I needed.

Are you a Radio Shack fan? What do you like about shopping at the store? Any predictions on which area stores might close?