Fry’s Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Sunnyvale, California in a 20,000 square foot location by the three Fry’s brothers, John, Randy, and Dave, and Kathy Kolder. Fry’s is a closely-held private company, and all of the founders are actively involved in the daily operation of the business.
Fry’s was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the hi-tech professional. Fry’s continues to keep hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace. Fry’s retails over 50,000 electronics items within each store, now totaling 34. There are currently 8 stores in Northern California, 9 stores in Southern California, 8 stores in Texas, 2 stores in Arizona and Georgia, and 1 store each in Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Illinois, and Indiana. The stores range in size from 50,000 to over 180,000 square feet. Fry’s also provides customers with added shopping opportunities via its online center at Frys.com.
Each store carries its own unique theme. In Northern California, Sunnyvale reflects the history of the Silicon Valley. Palo Alto steps straight out of the old wild, wild west. Campbell’s ancient Egyptian theme has a 20-foot sphinx and King Tut tomb. Fremont’s 1893 World’s Fair theme is a flashback to the first city powered by electricity. San Jose pays tribute to the first astronomers, the Mayans, with settings from Chichenitza. Roseville honors the influence of the California railroad with a train engine crashing through the wall. In Southern California, Fountain Valley hails the ruins of ancient Rome, complete with a flowing aqueduct. Manhattan Beach takes you to Tahiti with sculpted lava tiki heads and its own rain forest. Woodland Hills is a page out of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland storybook, with 10 to 15-foot high figurines of the story characters. Anaheim places you on the NASA flight deck for the Endeavor Space Shuttle, complete with launches on big screens all weekend long. Burbank pulls you back in time to the 1950s with a retro-space theme from Hollywood, complete with little green Martians and Gort, the robot. City of Industry pays tribute to the industrial revolution with bigger-than-life gears. In Oxnard, the rich agricultural and commercial history of this coastal community is featured in historical wall murals. San Marcos takes you to Atlantis, with its aquariums, exotic fish, and waterfalls. In Texas, Dallas allows you to experience the Lazy-K ranch, complete with a herd of longhorn cattle. In Houston, you can view the history of Texas oil, complete with oil derricks. In Austin, we feature the city’s reputation as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” In Irving, we pay tribute to its history, which is depicted throughout the store on mural-size photos. In Plano, we show how the railroad impacted the development of this thriving area. In Webster, murals depict the history of space exploration together with a scale replica of the international space station. In Arizona, Phoenix is a journey into an ancient Aztec temple. In South Houston, the city’s rich pioneer heritage is honored. In Washington, our Renton store reflects past historical events. Las Vegas, Nevada reflects the history of “The Strip.” In Fishers, we pay tribute to the origins of pre-1960s Indy Speedway. Currently, Sacramento, Concord, San Diego, Tempe, Wilsonville, and Arlington are all theme works in progress.
Fry’s services the hi-tech professional by focusing on our motto of always providing each customer with fast, friendly, courteous service. Fry’s has become the place where the technical customer can shop with confidence and comfort. All Fry’s stores sell, service, and support computer hardware and software products, I.C.’s, components and accessories, as well as audio, video, telecommunications products, and appliances. Fry’s also sells personal electronics, as well as convenience and general merchandise items. Fry’s has been providing customers with a broad product selection from all areas of the electronics industry for two decades. Fry’s goal is to continue our focus on the hi-tech professional and progressively expand in the future. – less
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