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RadioShack is closing 1,000 stores

A RadioShack location going out of business in Laguna Hills, California.
Scott Mlyn | CNBC
A RadioShack location going out of business in Laguna Hills, California.

Electronics retailer RadioShack has closed more than 1,000 stores since Memorial Day weekend and has become a virtual goner, saying it will only have 72 company-owned stores remaining by Thursday.

The chain held a giant liquidation sale over the weekend "before we close the stores for good," it said in a statement. Also remaining are about 500 dealer-owned stores.

The meltdown of what was once one of America's best-known chains represents a strange turn of events considering it was only in March that parent General Wireless Operations filed for bankruptcy protection and proposed closing only about 200 RadioShack stores.

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But at the time, General Wireless left the door open to closing more — though few observers expected the numbers to top 1,000 soon.

Now, the remaining company-owned stores will include only seven states, with the greatest concentration in New York, Pennsylvania and RadioShack's native Texas.

In its heyday, Fort Worth-based RadioShack had 7,300 stores and could claim that it had a store within three miles of 95% of all American households. It was a regular stop for consumers for all nature of electronics — from stereos to walkie talkies. It also became a regular stop for incidental items like cables or antennae to hook up a TV set, batteries for toys or transistor radios or early laptop computers like the TRS-80.

But like so many other retailers, it has become a victim of the Internet. Now, when people need electronic gear, more than ever they turn to online retailers.

RadioShack began in Boston in 1921.

As for the RadioShack authorized dealers, many appear similar to the company owned stores, having stocked RadioShack-branded merchandise. Others differ by carrying items that wouldn't be found in the company-owned stores.

Though a company attorney said 72 company-owned stores remain open, the chain provided only this list of 70:

COLORADO

COLO SPRINGS-SOUTHGATE COLORADO SPRINGS CO
BOULDER-MARSHALL PLAZA, BOULDER CO
AURORA-PEORIA ST AURORA CO
GOLDEN-GOLDEN RD, GOLDEN CO
DENVER-16TH STREET MALL, DENVER CO

MARYLAND

FREDERICK FSK MALL, FREDERICK MD
BETHESDA-MONTGOMERY MALL, BETHESDA MD

NEW JERSEY

TOMS RIVER-TOMS RIVER SC, TOMS RIVER NJ
W ORANGE-ESSEX GREEN, WEST ORANGE NJ
KEARNY-PASSAIC AVE., KEARNY NJ

MASSACHUSETTS

CAMBRIDGE-MASS AVE CAMBRIDGE MA
QUINCY-QUINCY AVE., QUINCY MA
GLOUCESTER-CAPE ANN, GLOUCESTER MA
GREAT BARRINGTON-PLAZA GRT BARRINGTON MA
FALMOUTH-MAIN ST., FALMOUTH MA
WILMINGTON-PLAZA WILMINGTON MA
SWAMPSCOTT-MALL, SWAMPSCOTT MA

NEW YORK

WATERTOWN-NICHOLS, WATERTOWN NY
FRANKLIN SQ-FRANKLIN AVE FRANKLIN SQUARE NY
WEBSTER-PLAZA, WEBSTER NY
FOREST HILLS-CONTINENTAL FOREST HILLS NY
LOCKPORT-TRANSIT RD LOCKPORT NY
KINGSTON-KINGSTON PLAZA KINGSTON NY
NEW YORK WASH CRT, NEW YORK NY
HUDSON-FAIRVIEW, HUDSON NY
YONKERS-CENTRAL PARK YONKERS NY
NECA-UNION RD W SENECA NY
BRIDGEHAMPTON-COMMONS BRIDGEHAMPTON NY
QUEENSBURY-ROUTE, QUEENSBURY NY
RENSSELAER-COUNTY PLAZA, RENSSELAER NY
BAY SHORE-SUNRISE HWY, BAY SHORE NY
NEW YORK-23RD ST, NEW YORK NY
BUFFALO-DELAWARE, BUFFALO NY
NORTHPORT-FORT SALONGA, NORTHPORT NY
SUNNYSIDE-QUEENS SUNNYSIDE NY
CARMEL-PUTNAM, CARMEL NY
SCHENECTADY-BALLTOWN RD SCHENECTADY NY
BROOKLYN-MANHATTAN, BROOKLYN NY
NEW PALTZ-NEW PALTZ PLZ NEW PALTZ NY

PENNSYLVANIA

NEW HOPE LOGAN SQ NEW HOPE PA
WASHINGTON STRABANE SQ WASHINGTON PA
ASTORIA-BROADWAY SC ASTORIA NY
LANGHORNE-OXFORD LANGHORNE PA
LATROBE-LATROBE SHOP CTR LATROBE PA
DU BOIS-COMMONS DR DU BOIS PA
RED LION-CAPE HORN RD, RED LION PA
WEST CHESTER-PAOLI PIKE WEST CHESTER PA
KING OF PRUSSIA-PLAZA KING OF PRUSSIA PA
CLARKS SUMMIT-ABINGTON1 CLARKS SUMMIT PA
BALA CYNWYD-E CITY AVE, BALA CYNWYD PA
DOYLESTOWN-MAIN ST., DOYLESTOWN PA
ELIZABETHTOWN-KMART, ELIZABETHTOWN PA
ARDMORE-LANCASTER, ARDMORE PA
ALLENTOWN-TILGHMAN, ALLENTOWN PA
PHILA-CHESTNUT, PHILADELPHIA PA
YORK-LOUCKS, YORK PA
PAOLI-LANCASTER AVE, PAOLI PA

TEXAS

KERRVILLE-MAIN ST KERRVILLE TX
WEATHERFORD-S MAIN WEATHERFORD TX
PASADENA-SPENCER, PASADENA TX
THE WOODLANDS-SAWDUST, THE WOODLANDS TX
HOUSTON-THE PARK, HOUSTON TX
NEW BRAUNFELS-S WALNUT NEW BRAUNFELS TX
CONROE-TOWN CENTER N, CONROE TX
KATY-MKT AT VILLAGE CTR, KATY TX
SAN ANTONIO-CNTRYSD PLAZA SAN ANTONIO TX
WACO-W WACO DR WACO TX
MAGNOLIA-WESTWOOD VILLAGE, MAGNOLIA TX
SPRING-STUEBNER SPRING TX
TOMBALL-FM 2920 RD TOMBALL TX