Radio Shacks in Mattapan, Dorchester, East Boston and Brookline to close

WCVB reports the shops on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square, Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner, Liberty Plaza in East Boston and Beacon Street in Coolidge Corner are among two dozen the perpetually teetering chain is closing in Massachusetts (in other news, there were still two dozen Radio Shacks in Massachusetts).

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...the one on 730 Comm Ave at BU. That store advertised 60% off of everything last week, and I believe they will be at 90% off of what is left this week. Unlike most liquidation sales I've seen in the past several years, this one is selling normal store items at a flat 60% off; for example, I picked up an Apple charger for $9 that retails for $29.

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Flagship Store

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I remember when that Comm Ave Radio Shack was the flagship store back in the 60s and 70s. Back then it was huge and was a destination location. Now it's a dinky little place and shadow of it's former self.

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yeah

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That's a little outdated. It's actually now Caldor Plaza.

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Nope, it's River City Plaza...

And it has been for ~15 years. There was an Ames where the Zayre/Caldor had been, and it closed 14 years ago, and is now the Star Market. The old Star Market is now Ocean State JunkJob Lot.

I used to use this RadioShack for a bunch of little wiring/soldering needs, and for recharging tips for an iGo, but they stopped carrying those about 5 years ago. So it's fairly useless.

Next to go is the original Staples (Allston), I fear. They converted half the store to something called "work/space" and don't stock half of the office supplies I need. GRRRR.

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Sorry 'bout that...

Like anyone from across the river, I haven't a clue where the line is.

But Brighton Mills is still in Allston, right? (ducks)

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oh i dont know

i just happened to work at that staples when i was a kid so the address is burned into memory, im not much of a neighborhood snob because i'm too ignorant to be one

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"Nope, it's River City Plaza"

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"Nope, it's River City Plaza"

For what it's worth, I didn't think it was called that. I was making the joke.

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Work Space in Staples is a co working space

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WorkSpace in Staples locations are co working spaces run by the WorkBar group of co working spaces. I don't think the Brighton Staples is closing anytime soon, but they may be downsizing the amount of products at some stores.

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The eternal mystery of Radio Shack

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It's an eternal mystery how Radio Shack has stayed in business this long. Nobody can figure it out. That one in East Boston was exceptionally useless. I went there to buy a connector cable once and they wanted like $17 for something I ended up getting on Amazon for $5. The people working there were offhand and unhelpful.

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It's not a mystery

It's not a mystery, eternal or otherwise. It's inertia. It happens to a lot of retail stores (and other companies). They have decades of success behind them when market conditions change. They try to adapt to the change. Some fail, but they don't die instantly. It takes time.

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That's certainly not specific

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That's certainly not specific to that store, and cables are notoriously marked up, so it's no surprise you found something cheaper on Amazon. Cables and accessories basically exist to improve electronic stores' margins, just as much as they exist to connect your devices. The utility of a Radio Shack is if you need something now, rather than two days from now. People really aren't impatient enough to drive enough business, apparently.

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St. Mary's Street

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Radio Shack by BU, at Comm & St. Mary's Street, also closing.

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Back Bay gone, too.

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I think the Mass Ave in the Back Bay one is closed, too. Went by it on Saturday and it looked pretty much closed. They were hauling trash out of it.

They were Sprint locations primarily anyway at this point.

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Comm Ave too.

Parts are 90 percent off, so a good value for the first time ever. The chain will be gone on April first according to the clerk.

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I worked at the Comm Ave store in the early 2000's

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I worked at the closing flagship store on Comm Ave from 2000-2002. We were the parts store for BU students. During the summer the store was slow as dirt. Come back to school for 2.5 weeks it was a zoo. A little RadioShack trivia for you. The original flagship store is where CVS is now and I believe to took up both storefronts. The District office was based at this store too. Sad to see it go, but RadioShack can't compete with other retails on price and the customer service sucks. The battery devision will be sold off to BestBuy or Amazon before its all over.

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Central Square

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The location in Central Square is closing too, they have signs in the windows for a going-out-of-business sale. No idea why it's not listed online though.

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Are you sure? Last week the

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Are you sure? Last week the Central store had signs saying everything was on deep discount, but employees were saying it definitely wasn't closing.

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Brookline already gone

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That store has been completed cleaned out, doors shuttered last week sometime.

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:-(

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The Radio Shack in the Mystic Mall here in Chelsea is also slated to close. But I think it's becoming a Sprint store (like many RS locations)

I miss the *old* Radio Shack. The one from the last 10-15 or so years I could do without. Sorry I don't want to buy a cell phone, a TV, or a stereo (nor would I) from Radio Shack. Just gimme wires, connectors, caps, soldering tools, etc....

Online ordering is fine but sometimes when ya gotta have something RIGHT NOW that is an odd ball part. Radio Shack would probably carry it.

Sad that some of the better RS's are closing.. like Central Sq and a few others that retained that original 'radio shack' feeling, and didn't try to become a bestbuy light.

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Lots of little wires and

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Lots of little wires and connectors for the DIY set plus the original home of radio controlled cars up front! I feel they really missed the ball on the switch to digital. They should have continued to sell all the small odds and ends and they should have pioneered the deliver to store option for DIY electronic products.

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Sorry to see it go

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Now for cables and computer parts its Micro Center in Cambridge. For small components like the Shack used to have and soldering supplies its You-Do-It in Needham. YDI in Needham would remind you somewhat of the old Allied stores.

Parts-Express.Com seems to be Ok as well. There are others.

And, let us not forget the venerable DeMambro's, and the Radio Shack clone, LaFayette Radio if we go back far enough.

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Every Radio Shack I went to

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Every Radio Shack I went to still had a parts section in the back.

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frustrating

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Radio Shacks have always been the most frustrating places ever. I'd go in to buy batteries or a simple connector.. First off i'd be harassed by staff while looking.. Trying to talk me into other items and such. Then when I'd buy they'd make it the most inconvenient transaction. They need my life data in there to just by batteries. I avoided it for that reason alone.

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Raise your hand if you

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Raise your hand if you remember Tweeter radio ads. And don't forget, it was better at Fretter. I'm not sure about Bradlee's, Caldor, Lechmere, Ames, Somerville Lumber...

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