HOBBY RADIO: RadioShack is coming back — but in what form?
Yet another new owner has big plans for once popular retailer turned e-tailer
Once upon a time you would walk into your local RadioShack store and pick up your free battery for the month, buy a few connectors and check out the new scanners or CB radios on their shelves.
Perhaps you ran in for a copy of Police Call to search for new scanner frequencies, or you decided to pick up a new base antenna for one of your radios. RadioShack stores sold almost everything related to electronics until recent times.
This was RadioShack’s logo used from 2013 to 2015 and now again beginning this year. | Graphic courtesy of Wikipedia
Then the Shack started pitching cell phones, almost annoying customers asking them about the cell phone in their pocket whenever they walked into the store — in an effort to grab new customers. Then there were the RadioShack bankruptcies and attempts to right the chain, but it failed. The Shack was reduced to an e-tailer, selling junk consumer goods and leftover connectors from previous owners over the web, trying to hold on to the RadioShack brand, which had become a stepchild to Linens+Things, Pier 1, Dressbarn, Farmerscart, The Franklin Mint and Modell’s.
This RadioShack store in West Miami, Florida, was one of many that went out of business in 2016. | Photo courtesy of Phillip Pessar via Wikipedia
But now, it’s official. RadioShack is coming back in a brand new form. We’ve got the scoop and we know the new owner’s plans. You’ll like what we found out. Continue reading as we tell you what you can expect from yet another morphing of the Shack.