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San Francisco – Fry’s Electronics, the must-have channel for tech DIY enthusiasts looking for obscure parts, is definitely closing. The company, perhaps even best known for the extravagant themes in some of its stores, from Aztec to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” said in an online post Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic had made the pursuit impossible.

Fans immediately took to Twitter to post pictures and memories (good and bad).

The chain was focused on the West Coast, but had 31 stores in nine states. It was founded 36 years ago.

Fry’s Electronics closes its doors
File photo from October 2009 shows a small crowd outside a Fry’s Electronics store in Renton, Washington.

Ted S. Warren / AP


The pandemic has severely damaged retailers, but Fry’s was already beaten by online competition and a battle between the big hitters Best Buy and Amazon.com.

Fry’s Electronics Inc. has stated that its operations have ceased and the liquidation of the locations will begin immediately. Customers whose electronic devices are repaired in store are invited to come and collect them.

The channel’s online presence appears to have been largely discontinued.

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