Any truth to this?
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Apparently, Fry's is an essential business per WA State health guidelines! It's probably because they have marked-up, repackaged gloves and you can shelter in place there without needing to physically distance, let alone socially distance, from people!
Woodturner, the Renton store has been having visible inventory problems since at least July/August 2019 (last year). The coronavirus epidemic will affect the electronics and semiconductor supply chain but things won't become visible for another month or two, if things don't get better. (Word is, China/CCP is fudging the numbers to manipulate the factory workers to come back online now. Too bad the tech industry sold their souls to a problematic dictatorship for short-term profit.)
Either way, Fry's has bigger problems. Or rather, they are slowly winding things down closing stores one by one selling the properties they own the real estate.
I wouldn't bother harrassing the employees, they already know that the business is decline.
I just returned from the Renton Fry's, where the parking lot was nearly empty, and the store almost clear of stock. I asked three of the employees (maybe 15 total in the store) if the store was being closed, and got "non-answers" from all of them. The young woman I spoke to at the checkout area simply gave me a surly response, saying "You don't see any signs, do you?" I responded by asking if the nearly vacant shelves were in response to the rising number of coronavirus cases in western Washington, and got a glare. If this store is not, infect, in the process of closing, it is doing a stellar job of alienating its' customer base.
I just left the Renton store parking lot was empty shelves were bare didn’t look good for a company doing business
The company said they were waiting on inventory to arrive that sure didn’t seem very truthful and forthcoming.
I saw a couple they’re in their 80s who had return for fries warranty on the TV and it failed it would look pretty clear that they were going to get anything they offer them or fries gift certificate little good that’ll do at the store closes.
I suggested that they buy something anything worth the gift certificate they were given they’ll be lucky to come back find the place open the way it looks bare shelves no employees waiting on shipments inventory to arrive.
I just was in there. I had no idea it was having issues. Its a ghost town in there. I don't see how they could last much longer.
Real salty response when I went in on the 5th of December. Took a picture of the center aisle that used to be filled with routers and hard drives and some guy over in the repair area shouted “No Pictures!”. Ended up having an employee shadow me for the next 10 minutes.
What a shame. I live in NE Lewis County and will make the drive out to Fry’s when I needed something for a project. Amazon is a joke out here but that’s largely due to UPS/USPS being a joke as well. 3 day is the norm for everything even with Prime. I’ve gotten good at scavenging.
Really s—s that the area can’t support a Fry’s. I guess Microcenter is probably out of the picture as well.
I was just there on Friday on Black Friday and the store was a ghost town. Most shelves were empty. Nothing is marked down. No sign saying they are going out of business. It was very weird and eerie to be there. If they can turn this around, it would be a miracle! I just tested Fry's website and it is still working. I still think they are closing the store soon. A slow and painful death.
@ZRYWhcp-1Fcdx, could be wrong but supposedly the Las Vegas and Renton locations do the best in terms of sales. If this is right, then it would not appear to be a wise decision to close those those particular locations and simply consolidate in California. Well, unless management lives in CA and/or they want to have a Bay Area presence for prestige or whatever.
It's minor leagues compared to Silicon Valley, but Seattle is considered to be a "tech town" with Amazon, Nintendo of America, Microsoft, T-Mobile, etc., being headquartered in the greater metro area. There's definitely a solid customer base in the area.
Supposedly, Fry's owns the Renton location, too.
Stopped in the Roseville Ca. location. 75% empty.
That’s too bad. I used to visit the Renton store when pulling ROTC “summer camp” duty at nearby Fort Lewis. It makes sense that the Renton store isn’t long for this world, as the Wilsonville, OR (southern suburb of Portlandia) is in the same situation or condition. Fry’s clearly does not want to sustain two far-flung locations. If the chain survives, it will likely consolidate in California.
Dropped in on Sept 21, 2019, Saturday. Almost nothing of value to buy. I saw appliances, go carts, and a couple iMacs on the racks in the inventory storage. Asked an employee at the checkout counter if they were going out of business and said he had no idea. Then I said there was no inventory and he embarrassedly mumbled that they were working on fixing stock issues. At this this person was fairly honest.
If you want to check the store out before it shuts down, that’s the only reason to go. For those that don’t know, this store isn’t themed but has historical photos of mostly Renton such as 19th century general stores, telephone switch operators, and WW2 Boeing bomber production facilities; the plaques of some have fallen and missing captions. Just don’t expect to find bargains nor anything you’re likely looking for in particular.
Interestingly, the place was very clean and a custodian cleaning the center café in the evening I was there. The Red Bull fridge was empty in there. Maybe 10 or so employees total in there including 3 at the registers, 1 in the PC repair area, and a couple on the floor trying to be busy. The shelves are now shorter, many end caps have been torn down, and no “inventory islands” in the middle of aisles or main marble walkway like in the past.
There are lots of those terrible single-intake floor air conditioners (don’t buy these things people) and had sheets of paper saying these items can only be exchanged for an identical model and not returned. To me, this is an indication of a failing business that doesn’t expect to stick around despite what they say publicly. There must have been dozens of these terrible AC units spread out just to fill floor space.
Much of the PC displays were empty but there’s a bunch of refurbished laptops like Lenovo Thinkpads on the back wall. Gatorade bottles were filling shelf space in the sparse console gaming section. I didn’t find the perfume section everyone talks about, though, but I did find an old dog-eared and browning iOS book in the book section that you would see in the clearance section of a Half Price Books.
Stopped in today, 9/22/19, and it was surreal seeing the store stripped of nearly everything. No signs out front indicating closure of the store, but they are down to the nitty gritty on select items and not much else. If Fry’s is spiraling down the drain, it’ll be due time for another smaller brick and mortar startup for the people that don’t want to wait for Amazon (or whatever online service) to deliver.
Was just there 9/19/2019 and there were 5 people working the whole damn store!it is 95 % shelves empty.If it isn't closing I can't believe its's very sad I'm pretty sure Amazon put them out of business!Had 1 cashier and 2 other flunkies watching c-ap on a computer! You could have set off a bomb not hurt anyone.I can't imagine what the rent on thing is but I'm sure enormous!
I went in there this morning (9/9) to look at stereo receivers and it was a ghost town! No employees and no merchandise. It made me sad. It is time to put a fork in Fry's...it is finished.
I always visit the Frys in Renton when I'm down there visiting from Vancouver, BC.
The place is like a ghost town. Shelves and display areas are bare! I'm just wondering if the manufacturers have taken back all the inventory. I believe Frys rents floor space to manufacturers and takes a percentage of the margin when the product sells.
I was looking for a voltage regular and Weller soldering tip on my last trip. There were NO semiconductors. There was a fellow organizing the racks but was not knowledgeable. The computer installation/repair was also a ghost town. Finding sales people to help was next to impossible.
I'll be back in Seattle in November...........I'm expecting the store to be closed or reduced in size.
- another brick & mortar casualty!
Just went in today(Saturday around noon) and the shelves are about half stocked. Peaked at the inventory shelves by the bathrooms and they are almost completely empty. They are also clearly running with a limited staff at this time. Not saying they are closing but it doesn't look good.
went to frys today and the stock is pretty slim, hardly any customers and minimal staff. We left because they didn't have what I wanted and as my kid and I were walking out I said that I think this place is going to shut down. Googled that and ended up here.
Took my son to the Renton (WA) store to get some RAM and RGB LED lights for a gaming computer he is building for a friend. It was like Zombieland there. Few cars in the parking lot, a few people wandering around inside, almost no staff there, and the shelves looked like they had been scavenged by post-apocalyptic looters. It was very weird and we could not get out of there quickly enough.
Three years ago, that place would have been packed!
I posted a comment earlier today, Aug 1 2019 about the Renton store being out of stock on most items. I just now tried to go to their website, www.frys.com, and got a 503 error, service not available. Another sign the end is near! Really sad! 😱☹️
I would guarantee they are closing. Store is empty. No employees to help with anything.
The person who answered first is grammatically challenged, but not incorrect.
Frys.com purchases ship out of a warehouse, and it has already closed down. You can still make purchases on Frys.com to pick up items in-store. They have eliminated almost all the manager positions, and demoted all supervisors to sales, and sales managers to “Specialists”, which are really just salesmen with keys to the building. Commissions were cut to about 25-40% of what they used to be, along with the employee hours. All store to store transfers of any kind have been stopped, and you can no longer place any Special Orders to order a specific item that they don’t normally carry from one of the manufacturers.
That sounds to me like they are preparing to close. What does it sound like to you?
The store is not as stocked add it used to be, but it's still busy. I hear the rumors, but then they are still there every time I go
They are closing the frys.com warehouse and I hear other stores are next.
No, the person who answered first doesn't know anything. They are not closing one of the top producing stores, nor will they be closing any other stores anytime soon.
💯% closing all Frys store.Frys operation director are s---s of idea and fall the company out with stupid strategy he did change over 2 - 3 yrs ago. It's cyclie effect and the company is going down hill. I m working with Fry's almost 15 yrs and see all changes. Director ken is s---s