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Sprint set to buy half of RadioShack stores, possibly close others

RadioShack seems poised to sell some stores to Sprint, and will close the others if it cannot find a buyer.

Published Mon, Feb 2 2015 6:15 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:10 PM CST

It looks like this is the end for RadioShack, as the company will sell almost half of its retail stores to Sprint, while the rest will be shuttered. Sprint will operate the RadioShack locations under its own brand name, according to sources.

Sprint set to buy half of RadioShack stores, possibly close others | TweakTown.com

It's still possible Sprint and RadioShack won't finalize a deal, or something could change, with both companies previously discussing a co-branded retail effort.

There are about 4,300 RadioShack stores in North America, and half of those stores will close if the company is unable to entice another suitor. Employees have been ordered to slash prices and ship inventory other locations, in anticipation of future store closures.

RadioShack began in 1921 as a mail-order retailer, branching into a major electronics retailer over the decades - but has struggled to compete with Internet-based e-commerce sellers.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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