Geeks of a certain age have watched the sad, slow, lingering death of RadioShack with dismay and wistfulness.
It didn’t have to be this way. There are still potential RadioShack customers out there. Some need HDMI cables and aren’t willing to wait for a delivery from Amazon; others have a professional need for a disposable cell phone. And then there are the tinkerers, who once served as RadioShack’s core constituency. They’re back and thriving and now known as the maker community.
And now we see, guess who, picking the bones of RadioShack in search of brick and mortar. Going to do a bit of showrooming, it seems.
Amazon.com Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations, has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Amazon has considered using the RadioShack stores as showcases for the Seattle-based company’s hardware, as well as potential pickup and drop-off centers for online customers, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are private.