Freers’s store was one of the last to close as they continued to do well under his high level of customer service, which often including going to customers’ homes to make sure they were satisfied with their purchases and helping customers set up or troubleshoot new devices.
“Running this store, I really grew to love the community,” Freers, who is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, said.
When Pederson contacted him about managing a privately owned RadioShack in the same location, Freers was excited at the chance to get back to doing what he loves.
RadioShack’s corporate office stayed open as a distribution center only and began offering opportunities for private ownership, which allows owners and managers to purchase stock from the RadioShack distribution center as well as other distribution centers and offer competitive pricing.
Pederson currently owns four RadioShack stores located in Jefferson City, Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Greeneville.
Freers has already partnered with a local gym which has requested a monthly class teaching older participants how to set up their Facebook profiles, as well at the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club to offer HAM Radio classes.
Schools and other learning programs are welcomed to use the area for classes, and Freers will also make himself available to travel to schools to teach those classes.
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“Offers private ownership”… So it comes full circle after years of Radio Shack doing everything it could (dumping stock on stores that they were made to buy for example) to force previously privately owned stores to become corp. stores. Beware.