Fry’s Electronics goes out of business effective immediately

After nearly 36 years in business as the one-stop-shop and online resource for high-tech professionals across nine states and 31 stores, Fry’s Electronics has made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in the retail industry.

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In a statement, Fry’s says the company will implement the shut down through an orderly wind down process that it believes will be in the best interests of the company, its creditors, and other stakeholders.

The company ceased regular operations and began the wind-down process on February 24, 2021. Fry’s hopes that undertaking the wind-down through this orderly process will reduce costs, avoid additional liabilities, minimize the impact on our customers, vendors, landlords and associates, and maximize the value of the Company’s assets for its creditors and other stakeholders.

The company is in the process of reaching out to its customers with repairs and consignment vendors to help them understand what this will mean for them and the proposed next steps.

If you have questions, please contact Fry’s using the following email addresses:

• For customers who have equipment currently being repaired, please email customerservice@frys.com, to arrange for return of your equipment.
• For customers with items needing repair under a Performance Service Contract, please call (800) 811-1745.
• For consignment vendors needing to pick up their consignment inventory at Fry’s locations, please email omnichannel@frys.com.

MacDailyNews Take: The end of an era.

According to Wikipedia, as of 2018, Fry’s had 14,000 employees.

47 Comments

    1. How about those feckless Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt, who got their knickers in a twist over fewer Americans dying over the six years of WW I & II than in the last twelve months. They were both Democrats, too! Must have been libturds to let little things like the Lusitania and Pearl Harbor bother them.

      1. You’re right, here we are whining about a measly 500k dead from the China Virus when the progs have been slaughtering 1,000,000+ babies per year to harvest their body parts for sale. In honor of FDR we should bring back internment camps for child Holocaust deniers.

        1. Oh please, “body parts for sale?” What, do you think we’re storing them in the basement of a pizza place, too? Next you’ll be telling us all about how the earth is flat and the moon is a big flashlight in the sky.

          1. Oh please, you love abortion and you won’t vote for any candidate who does not support fully the idea that women should be encouraged to kill their babies whenever, wherever even up to and past the point of birth. You only vote for politicians who place more value on dogs in shelters than human babies. That is a fact.

        1. Are you really so dense as not to understand that I disagree? Half a million of your fellow Americans are dead. Millions of Americans have lost friends and family members. Yet all you amoral jerks can see is that some jobs were lost in an effort to control the death toll,,, an effort that was largely unsuccessful because you and moral midgets like you refused to take the threat seriously and undercut every effort to stop the virus. Hundred of thousands of your fellow human beings are dead because you slimy selfish SOBs couldn’t be troubled to take elementary public health measures to protect the public. Now, to add insult to injury, you want to blame the ones who did exhibit some human empathy by trying to keep the death toll down.

          Against half a million human lives lost and further millions whose lives have been permanently damaged, the impact on the economy is a side effect—a very costly and unfortunate side effect, but nonetheless a side effect. If you cannot understand that, I pity your lack of humanity.

            1. Yes, the world is already overpopulated. You whine incessantly about the problems other people cause you. If you’re so disgusted with those horrible liberals, why do you want them to grow their population greater than your little clan?

              Serious question. Let’s see if you can actually respond without ad hominem insults and political bullshite.

            2. Just demonstrating the utter stupidity of those who want to “protect” children, but have not problem kill them them. Funny, every libturd position has the same irony. Now that Biden is “putting kids is cages” is ok, huh? Ad hominem attack my ass, idiot.

              Nothing dumber than someone who supports a racist, corrupt dementia patient.

            3. As predicted, Hal can’t formulate a consistent position, ethically or otherwise. Blowhard Hal can only sling insults.

              Hal tells us everyday that libtards [sic] always do the wrong thing, whereas conservitards are always pure and holy. Ergo, in Hal’s fantasy world, only liberals would terminate a pregnancy. But then Hal contends that fewer unwanted liberal brats on welfare must be somehow a bad thing. Hal wants to damn the others no matter what they do.

              Back in the real world, there are unfortunately many reasons that a humane abortion is chosen as a last resort — even if there was enough foster parents, women still suffer rape, incest, abandonment, economic persecution, health risks, and so on. Abortions are selected by rich white conservative women and poor immigrants for their own reasons, certainly not because they enjoy doing so. Not that Hal has enough empathy to consider all these difficult situations. He’s merely here to sling labels and insults. Maybe he should move over to foreign-hosted “uncensored” alt-right chat rooms so he can really display his complete assholitude.

          1. You idiots didn’t “protect” jack shit. You fools just destroyed and keep trying to destroy for nothing. You suffer from Covid Derangement Syndrome. Because you’re stupid.

            https://gbdeclaration.org

            The experience in open states like Florida, Georgia, South Dakota, and so on, makes it impossible to ignore the fact that the irrational lockdowns achieved nothing for public health, but did harm health, businesses, liberties, law, and civilized life.

            Don Boudreaux wants to know, “What’s so special about this communicable and dangerous disease that causes humanity to treat it as differing categorically from the countless other communicable and dangerous diseases that we regard with utter blasé-ness?”

            This tweet ages better and better with each passing day:

            1. The experience in those “open” states is that they had some of the highest mortality rates in the country. However, most of the deaths were in ethnic communities whose lives do not matter to those who would prefer to cleanse them.

          2. Shove the sanctimonious tedious volume of lecturing and don’t tell me what I think or feel you ARROGANT POS!

            Yet another DEFLECTION because no reasonable person can disagree, instead more lame excuses for Democrat governors with the highest number of deaths in the largest states.

            Yes, Recall Newsom and impeach both Cuomo and Wolf for the nursing home and lockdown policies debacles. Obvious you will never agree because you can’t bring yourself to criticize Democrats while you continue to support their bad policies leading to more deaths, closed schools, wrecked economies, loss of livelihoods, businesses and millions of jobs and indifferently EXCUSE it as “unfortunate side effect.” Seriously???

            Crystal clear you care more about maintaining partisan power than lives keeping these total idiots in office. The Covid gold standard is in Florida — NOT clueless Newsom, cook the books Cuomo and Wolf vaccine and nursing home screwups.

            The sooner this cabal of Democrat DICTATORS are out of office, the better for everybody…

            1. So your notion of a “gold standard” is a state with almost 2 million cases and over 30,000 dead, a rate of 141 deaths per 100,000 population. That equals a raw case mortality rate of 1.6%. Flu mortality rates are typically around 0.1%. The rate would have been much higher, but the large urban counties where most transmission happens imposed local distancing rules when the state government refused.

          3. COVID has a survival rate of 99.95%. Same as the common flu. People die of the flu. People die of COVID. Same number. We handled the flu for centuries without closing the economy and giving all our freedoms away to tyrannical bureaucrats, who amazingly never lose their jobs or incomes. We were wise and smart. Now, with “progressives” like you in charge freedom is a thing of the past, our Constitution is dead, and people who love totalitarian states are in charge. All over a massive lie about the flu. So, reasonable people must say, since they lied so well about this, they must be lying about Global Warming as well, and Critical Race Theory (which is the most racist theory around) and every single thing they say. Democrats/Progressives lie whenever they speak. We can now clearly see that. Never again.

  1. More devastation from the Democrat Deep State COVID coup. All small to medium companies and all individual savings accounts will be wiped out by the corrupt government officials using this to implement communism in 12 months without a shot being fired. The death count will continue to rise.

    1. Can it simply be assigned to market forces involving prices, convenience, and demand?
      With this said, I’ll miss Frys with the warehouse-like inventory and the another generation restaurant/ treat counter.

  2. 14,000 Fry’s employees and the American people should remember in the midterm elections in 2022 that the Democrats politically-calculated actions to delay COVID relief until after the election in order to damage President Trump hurt a lot of people and will continue to hurt people for some time to come as business failures cascade.

      1. Three problems:

        The amount of news that is hidden by the Communist News Networks is staggering. They like to keep their audience stupid.
        The amount of lies you are told by the Communist News Networks is staggering. They like to keep their audience stupid.
        It has worked, you are stupid.

    1. Sucks to be you if you lived in a garbage state they never moved into. That store was an adult ToysRus for every electronic item you could think of. End of an era was the best way to describe this.

  3. I was in Fry’s a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t believe how empty it was. No customers, and rows and rows of empty shelves. It was spooky to see such a big space like that.

    Fry’s has been in trouble for a long time though. They have bad customer service, and their camera section has been sitting empty for years, with forgotten cables dangling out of holes in the empty displays. The morons trying to blame democrats for this just illustrate the futility of listening to anything cons say.

    It’s still sad though. They did carry a lot of unique items that are hard to find elsewhere offline.

    1. OMG – a comment that’s actually on point. I was actually in a Fry’s before the pandemic, and it was exactly the same — endless rows of empty shelves, no customers, and barely any staff in sight.

      I was a HUGE fan of Fry’s back in the days before Amazon and B&H Photo and other online sources of all things electronic. But I hated their customer service — and stopped shopping there entirely when it became clear their process to return items was designed to be as ungainly and unpleasant as possible. At the same time it could take 60 seconds to return something at, say, Target, it took 10 minutes or more to get all the paperwork needed to return something at Fry’s.

      At their peak, wandering the aisles was as much entertainment as shopping. But for the past few years, it was a miserable experience.

      Covid may have put the final nail in the coffin, but Fry’s has been on life support for years and years. It’s ironic that both Fry’s and Radio Shack couldn’t figure out how to adapt to changing technology.

  4. A year before COVID-19, I started noticing low inventory and sparsely stocked shelves at my local Fry’s, so they have been having problems for a while. There are some very good in-person and online retailers, but it was nice to need computer gear in a hurry and just drop by Fry’s to make a purchase.

    1. Amazing. Fry’s was characteristic of its time. It carried all sorts of electronic parts, boards and components. Not much of that happening anymore. You can’t open your tablet or smartphone and add more memory, add a serial port or Ethernet port. No more need of SCSI cables, RS-232 cables, fax machines, fax paper and such.

  5. Frys has been going out of business for the past three years. Some say it was the tariffs. Others have said Frys hadn’t paid their creditors for the past year, several years ago. They had it coming. It was mismanaged for a very long time.

      1. John Dingleberry. A disgrace to the human race, a self avowed communist, who is anti family, anto western values, but who refuses to move to North Korea or Venezuela because he is a filthy scumbaggg hypocrite who makes money selling his ballsack shtick to fellow fsckwits.

  6. I’m dying to hear what is “radical capitalism?”

    If capitalism is operating un-radically, do all businesses survive and things are copacetic in that business community? Is a savvy business outperforming another business that ultimately forces the less savvy business to close; radical capitalism?

    Do you pay higher prices for the same item at a business, just so they can survive (not a friend’s business, or a place where you have ANY vested interest)?

    Would a centrally directed economy have less interference by the parties and others “needing big money?”

    1. Radical capitalism is when the oligarchs own the legislature (and if you’re a turtle or a tangerine idiot, attempt to control the judiciary too), thus ensuring all regulation benefits the billionaire class.

      Thus a company like Fry’s has no chance of competing against for example Amazon or Walmart, entrenched companies that have repeatedly been gifted with special tax exemptions while avoiding responsibility for all the problems these greedy corporations cause. Amazon and Walmart, for example, allow the posting of fraudulent and bogus product reviews, urging gullible buyers to choose disposable junk from China instead of reliable quality goods. Amazon even sells blatantly flawed facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies, no standards or regulations at all. Google likewise can put spy speakers in everyone’s home without any real legal oversight. Facebook can profit by posting blatant lies fed by foreign operatives to influence elections and see absolutely no repercussions. Their power knows no limits. All they have to do is use the good old banking & oil justification: too big to fail. Corporations no matter how evil must be preserved, don’t you know. They fund campaigns.

      Then when the congressmens’ funding CEOs shutter US factories and hide profits in the Bahamas, those congressmen do nothing but shovel more taxpayer funded corporate welfare to the companies that screwed over taxpayers in the first place. Then these executives use the freebie cash to buy back their own stock, a nice little share price sugar high right before executive bonus season.

      That is extreme capitalism, when democracy has been completely taken over by the most greedy self serving few.

      By the way, both corrupt parties are fully engaged in it, so don’t bother to attempt to pretend that the corruption infecting the USA is a partisan issue.

      Ask yourself why American entrepreneurs and small businesses are screwed over and over. Open your eyes.

  7. Amazon fried Fry’s. They had their heyday in the 90’s but were basically a dinosaur now. Nobody really shops retail anymore. The writing was on the wall a long time ago. COVID simply drove the final nail in their coffin. They didn’t adapt and extinction is usually what happens. I won’t miss them.

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