- Oct 9, 2008
my frys in Houston Texas sales dude told me they are going out of Business FYI shutting stores and warehouses down etc...
how busy is that store?my frys in Houston Texas sales dude told me they are going out of Business FYI shutting stores and warehouses down etc...
they make it back by ripping off their employee's.Another EggHead competitor going belly up? Eleventeenth Floor anyone?
No surprise here as there have been many stories of under-stocked shelves recently. Being a private company Fry's financials are not known. More likely some downsizing rather than full closure. I have wondered how they deal with all the overhead of those huge themed stores. Not to mention shady business practices. Seem to remember a big scandal about customer returns about 20 years ago.
its the one on west rd and i-45 its super slow lack of employees lack of merchandise was dead last night i know it was a Monday night but the sales guy told me were going out of Business........how busy is that store?
the store here in austin is usually pretty busy.
they have gone to internet price matching to keep up with the likes of amazon, but was it too little to late?
Jupiter / 635?
When Fry's first opened, it was nice because they had good prices and a great selection. This was in the days prior to internet giants like Amazon and Newegg. Fry's was a mess because of high return rates for computer hardware, but most of them aren't truly defective so Fry's just repackaged most things without checking them out. So you could get damaged or incomplete items if you weren't careful. Sometimes they tagged things properly and had a discount applied, but sometimes they didn't. Over time, Fry's became more and more problematic as their massive overhead, huge staff, and building costs prevented them from competing very well. It's weird though, because Fry's sells a lot of higher margin items that could sustain them in light of the computer related stuff having such lean margins. Microcenter doesn't have a lot of those items comparatively.
Of course, the people at Fry's who buy the product are idiots. They buy a lot of crap that doesn't sell and sits on the shelves forever. Comp USA had this same problem. As far as I am concerned, I think Fry's suffers from mismanagement and expanding to a point where its become too large to change its behavior quickly. Also, it sells a lot of stuff outside the computer market and doesn't push its technical services. This puts them in line to compete with cleaner, brighter stores like Best Buy. Microcenter stands alone as a niche with a far better shopping experience.
Heh, Local news just reported that Fry's is closing the Palo Alto store come January. Supposedly no others in the area are, but I'd be surprised if that holds.Yep, even the Silicon Valley Fry's locations have been in free-fall for the last few years, with things seemingly rapidly accelerating as shown in the above video in the last year. Little inventory, lots of what is stocked is crap or just kinda weird (the local stores are selling mattresses and exercise equipment now). Even their ads now feature lots of "refurbs". Once-packed parking lots are empty. Even fewer employees are around. I'm surprised they've been keeping the smaller stores (e.g., Campbell, Palo Alto) open.
I was disappointed when the local Microcenter pulled out, hopefully when Fry's goes under they'll come back. At least there's Central Computer, but they're kinda small and can be hit-or-miss.
Damn I used to go to that location often when I lived in Scottsdale. So sad but expected with Amazon dominating. I bet we will see Best Buy and Microcenter go bankrupt soon after.
Pretty crazy to see stores looking like this. I have only been to a Fry's once, about 10 years ago (the one OP is referring to, actually), but it sure didn't look like that.
I worked there twice. From 1997 to 1999 and from 2004 to 2005 part time. I worked in the tech department, but I had friends who worked on the sales floor. The two stores I worked at weren't quite as bad, but I think that came down to your specific management.Former CompUSA employee here. Very true but the death in 2008 was a trigger pulled by Carlos Slim because it was steadily declining over the years, commission based sales reps got the rug pulled from them and flew out the door. Piss poor management. I mean the managers used to strongarm the shit out of customers and yell to get out of the store if they complained too much. I couldn't tell you if you sold a laptop without TAP how bad you would get grilled by management. I still got grilled when I sold bronze plans. Who the heck wanted a $500 warranty on a $900 laptop.