The official store count remained at 7,000+ for years—at least through 2004, when the company published the final edition of its catalog. Then the dwindling began, to the current count of 4,000 stores.
RadioShack’s sheer pervasiveness was what made it a success for so long. Then it became an albatross. The company literally had more stores than it knew what to do with, and too many of them were in locations that made more sense in the 1970s and 1980s than in the 21st century. They were too cramped to sell big-screen TVs or stock a full range of PCs, which cut the stores out of some of the hottest product categories.
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