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.
The Tandy Corporation catalog shows the Radio Shack corporate headquarters
in Fort Worth, Texas, known as the Tandy Center. This massive site, built
in 1974 included two office towers, a mall with an ice skating rink, and
the only privately owned subway in the country, which traveled from the
building and its parking lots.
The TRS-80 Microcomputer News magazine shows a man using the TRS-80 computer, one of the first
mass-produced personal computers. Developed by Radio Shack in 1977, the
TRS-80 was popular even with its limited capabilities, which prompted Radio
Shack to continue developing computer systems and even host Radio Shack
Computer Camps in the early 1980s.