Radio Shack announces closing of 1,100 stores

Radio Shack announced it will close 1,100 stores but as yet hasn’t released the list detailing the stores affected by the closings.

Radio Shack announced it will close 1,100 stores but as yet hasn’t released the list detailing the stores affected by the closings.

FLINT TWP. — It is too early to tell if any of the eight Radio Shack stores in Genesee County will be affected by last week’s corporate announcement that the retail technology and electronics chain plans to close up to 1,100 of its underperforming stores.

Selection of the closing stores will be “ based on location, area demographics, lease life and financial performance … subject to the consent of our lenders under the 2018 Credit Agreement and the 2018 Term Loan,” according to a Radio Shack press release.

Forth Worth, Texas,-based Radio Shack operates two stores in Flint Township – one inside the Genesee Valley Center shopping mall and another in the Yorkshire Plaza, G3306 Miller Road, just west of the I-75 freeway.

According to its online store locator, the company has other local stores at the Grand Blanc Center on South Saginaw; the Davison Shopping Center on S. State Road; at Clio Square on W. Vienna Road,in the Silver Pointe Shopping Center on Silver Parkway in Fenton; and in Flint at the Northwest Shopping Center on Clio Road and at 801 South Center Road at Court street, near Courtland Center shopping mall.

The company has yet to release the list of stores slated to close. The closings are attributed to declining sales.

Radio Shack reported fourth quarter total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million, compared to $1,171.4 million last year. Comparable store sales were down 19% driven by traffic declines and soft performance in the mobility business.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter was $166.1 million compared to operating income of $16 million last year.

In December 2013, the Company completed a new financing structure totaling $835 million including a $585 million asset-based credit agreement (“2018 Credit Agreement”) led by GE Capital, Corporate Retail Finance and a $250 million secured term loan (“2018 Term Loan”) led by Salus Capital Partners, LLC. This comprehensive new financing was used to refinance existing debt and other corporate purposes.

Radio Shack’s retail network includes approximately 4,300 company-operated stores in the United States, 274 company operated stores in Mexico, and approximately 950 dealer and other outlets worldwide. It employs about 27,500 sales people. — Rhonda Sanders

Photo by Rhonda Sanders

This Radio Shack on Miller Road in the Yorkshire Plaza is among eight operating in Genesee County. The company has yet to release details about which of approximately 1,100 of its stores will be closing.

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