Not sure if someone has info on what stores are closing, what the plans are as it relates to real estate and what's the plan for layoffs and severance pay for Fry's employees.
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I think my recent experience at the Fry's in Renton sums up the company:
A customer in the laptop section was so desperate for help, they actually approached me asking for help, hoping that I worked there (they never did get any help). That's because there was nobody else in the store, empty shelves and aisles, and the few actual employees were all "hanging out" in another section...doing nothing.
I don't understand how Fry's can even turn on the lights. They're obviously making no money (they have nothing to sell) and the skeleton crew of employees they do have are just glazed donuts.
Well the Fry's in Renton was always a ghost-town during the weekdays. However I remember a time when I had to hit the store around Wednesday or Thursday if I wanted to buy a nice PC part. When the recession was at it's peak, Fry's was very busy on the weekend.
Recently I've been to the Renton Fry's at least once a week. During the weekday there isn't more than 10 people shopping at the store and usually they have 1-2 registers open. There might be 20 people in the store on a Saturday. However in the Pacific Northwest, not too many people go shopping for non-essential items if it's nice and sunny outside.
There is a major supplier/supply issue going on at Fry's. The Graphics card section has always been an issue but now it's even worse. Aside from Intel and AMD, The only PC component brands they have is Thermaltake, MSI, Samsung, XFX and Patriot. Fry's no longer has major brands like EVGA, Asus, Corsair, Gigabyte, etc.
It's not like people weren't buying items from Fry's, but the problem lies somewhere else. I'm not sure how they're bleeding cash. People would go to the store if Fry's has items they want to buy in stock but I suppose that's been the issue all along.
Echo previous poster - visited Fountain Valley store mid-day on weekday and saw fewer than 30 cars in lot with entire aisles mostly bare. Employee said, "we're all worried and nobody is getting hours" and "they're not telling us anything."
Came to echo the experience of the previous poster regarding the Fountain Valley Fry's store. I went there last weekend to get some cans of compressed air and the shelves were barren throughout the store. There were only around 30 cars in the huge parking lot at 11am on a Sunday and that's never a good sign. I was looking around for the "store closing" or "going out of business" signs and didn't see any...yet.
I just came back from the Fountain Valley Fry's and after seeing all of the bare shelves, I asked a worker "Are you going out of business?" and he replied "Maybe, our vendors are no longer supplying us with products because we haven't paid our taxes."
I just took at trip to the Fry's in Phoenix and the shelves are REALLY bare. I've been shopping there for years and I've never seen it this bad. I just stopped in to buy a pack of DVDs and there were none there. They and only a few Blu Ray discs and a few CD's left. So either they are going out of business or they are not restocking the shelves for some other reason... So, sad. I hope they're not going out of business because with a big store like that you can browse and compare in a way that you just can't do on-line. The physical reality of holding an item in your hand and the ability to ask a knowledgeable person a question still holds weight with me.
I went to the Fry's in the Seattle area and was really surprised how many shelves were empty. The area where they sell desks and office chairs seems to have expand just to take up space. They used to have a section of tall shelves to hold inventory for other places in the store and that is gone. I bought a couple items for a PC build I am doing, but next time I'm just going order from amazon.
I think the game is over for Fry's.
visited Frys in Las Vegas this week end. WOW…. thing look very different. Stock is way down. Store looks like it is being emptied out. Went there to look for an item they at one time at lots to pick from. Now, very limited selection and what is there are the ones that I would not want. There was empty space where at one time there were items. As I checked out I made a comment and said, “things look bleak” the reply “baron is really the term”. It feels like the store is not long for Vegas.
I went to Fry's Las Vegas in June 2019 and noticed the same thing as the first post. I think the problem is that they are in a doomed retail model competing against Amazon. They are likely cutting back on inventory because of lack of demand.
The huge cost keeping the building, inventory plus the higher labor costs makes them uncompetitive vs an ecommerce operation that has employees fulfilling orders for thousands a day vs Frys having it do so for far fewer.
Fry's management has failed to respect their customers for years, especially in their return area. Their attempt to charge a restocking fee on items they should not have sold in the first place was eventually dropped. Placing items on sale that their employees know nothing about has become common, their TV area, for example. Also, when they sold a superb item, they ignored comments about how good the item is in an attempt to bring the item back--items that sold, not poorly selling items. Darn shame, the first item I bought at Fry's was a 32-MB (yes, MB) SIMM.
We went to 2 Fry's Stores in Texas to buy a laptop they advertised in the news paper cheap. AT both stores they tried to sell us laptops that were in open boxes obviously returned merchandise not new, some with scratches that looked used. After leaving the first store after they sad they had none in unopened boxes the second store's salesman produced a laptop that was new in an unopened box.
WE said we would buy at at the advertised price. HE said he was "required to walk it up to the register",
it was Christmas time and very busy, long lines. When it was our turn at the counter to pay, the clerk lifted up the box the salesman had brought, the laptop and IT WAS AN OPENED BOX WITH THE SIDES CRUSHED IN LIKE MERCHANDISE HAD BEEN SITTING ON TOP OF IT, definitely not the unopened box
we were supposed to get he had switched them! It was good he was not standing at the register at that time for his sake and had walked off! These scammers at Fry's are worse than a sleazy used car lot. I will never go back. I buy from Best Buy, Walmart anywhere but here!
I am not shocked at all if they close down. We have one near us and they encourage folks to be shady. I have had an employee try to slip a service plan in on me. I now just shop at Amazon or Best Buy. Never had an issue not be resolved with either retailer. Even though they have great deals, a $100 of a large item is not worth the risk in case something goes wrong. In today's world low costs is not everything.
Sorry to employees. I used to shop fry's constantly but once I got PC and accessories I wanted I realized staying away was best to avoid collecting junk I didn't need! Much happier with just simple $100 PC and wall mounted 30" LCD near bed (to get equvalent appearing size on opposite wall would require 50+ in, so saved tons and left possible upgrade much much easier by NOT PAYING $1000's!!
If I want bigger later I have 1080p projector but it uses $300 high intensity (HOT) lamp that replaces for $300 and is easily burnt out (replaced 2 in beginning and luckily got free replacement, but after a few months that is not an option!). Option would be to sell it and buy a new inexpensive LED projector.
Might look into that!
@K4mobYN-3jirk you sir are an inconciderate jerk. If you found an item you already want, what reason do you have not to take 1 min to let someone get credit. Regardless if they didn't help you. But when they do try to help you according to your comment employees are "hounding You". It would be better if you never went to a retail store again and stayed behind your cheap computer to shop.
Good. While the store looks fun to go into I hated actually being in there to get hounded at every turn my the ding dong employees. Hated even more when I already picked a item to buy on my own and a employee thinks they are sly and try to ring up my item for the front register just so they can get free commission.
The one in fountain valley is closing within the next few months. I heard from a confidential inside source that the fountain valley store is going to he the home of Floor and decor, a hardwood floor giant within a year or two. Frys has not been able to compete with online retailers and will end up like circuit city and doing online warehouse like amazon. Much like tiger direct it will consist of just a network like newegg. Layoffs are sure to happen.