Destination Special Collections : Radio Shack

Founded in 1921, Radio Shack began as a small supplier of ham radio equipment, eventually moving into the realm of high fidelity stereo equipment. In 1962, the Fort Worth, Texas based Tandy Corporation purchased Radio Shack and transformed the business model to include an abundance of small storefronts, a refocus on selling only electronics, and eventually adding a repair shop service. In 2015 and 2017, after years of changes in the electronics market and declining sales, Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy, though it still sells through a website, and a few hundred independently owned stores are still in existence.