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The Bay Area will begin 2020 with one fewer Fry’s Electronics store.
The chain’s Palo Alto store, located on Portage Ave., announced its closure on Dec. 27. Palo Alto Online first reported a sign on the store’s door that reads:
“To our Valued Customers: Due to the end of our lease, our Palo Alto store will close permanently on December 27, 2019. It has been a pleasure serving you at this location these many years, and we stand ready to provide all your electronics needs at Frys.com, or one of our five other Bay Area store locations. Thank you!”
The Palo Alto location was Fry’s oldest; the company was founded in Sunnyvale in the mid-1980s. Each Fry’s has a distinct theme. The Palo Alto store was Wild West-themed, with wooden signs, cowboy mannequins and green-shaded light fixtures.
A company representative told Venture Beat in September the closure is due to the location’s lease expiring. Palo Alto Online notes the store is part of a 60-acre area “the city is eyeing for redevelopment.”
There has been widespread speculation about Fry’s closures across the country. Shoppers at Fry’s around the Bay Area have recently commented on empty shelves, as it seemed the company was no longer restocking many items. The company has steadfastly denied the chain is going out of business, chalking up blank spots to simple restocking delays. Company spokespeople have also pointed to business moving online to their website.
The Bay Area now has five Fry’s left: Campbell, Concord, Fremont, San Jose and Sunnyvale.
Katie Dowd is an SFGATE Senior Digital Editor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @katiedowd
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