Bainbridge Island's RadioShack closing down

Bainbridge Island's RadioShack will be closing up shop for good later this month.

The electronics store located in the Village Shopping Center will hold its last day of business Sunday, Sept. 16. Everything in the store, except for services and gift cards, are 25 percent off.

Radio Shack owner Amy Johnson has run the Bainbridge Island store for 19 years, but the business had been up and running years before she came along.

Times have changed, however, and the online marketplace combined with the poor economy have taken their toll on the store.

"The economy and competing with online sales," Johnson said when citing reasons why the island RadioShack is closing.

Johnson's RadioShack is a bit unique compared to others — it's a franchise. Many RadioShacks are corporate-run, but a few are owned and operated by locals from their community such as Johnson, who lives on the island and has raised her children here.

With the closing of RadioShack, the island will have a considerable hole in services offered, Johnson said. Her store not only tended the do-it-yourself electronics market, they also offered services for computer repair in the store.

Her shop also performed house calls to assist islanders with electronics queries from television systems to headaches with home computers.

That'ss the difference between her store and the modern online marketplace, Johnson said: They had a face behind their business that is part of the island.

"There's a definite difference between a brick-and-mortar stores and online," Johnson added. "A lot of people don't realize what a brick-and-mortar store does for the community."

The money RadioShack takes in on the island, stays on the island, she said.

"What money is spent here in the store is recirculated in the community; we are not a big corporation," Johnson said.

She can also recall the store's involvement with the community during her time running the island RadioShack, such as donating to local causes and more.

"I can't tell you how many first jobs I've offered to high school students," Johnson said.

Now that the era of RadioShack is coming to a close on the island, Johnson appreciates the opportunity she has had.

"We are thankful and grateful for the years of support that we have had," she said.


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