The Fry’s Electronics store in Serra Mesa. Image from Google Maps

Iconic California electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics announced Wednesday it will close all its stores after nearly 36 years in business.

The closely-held San Jose-based company had operated 31 stores in nine states, including local stores in San Marcos and Serra Mesa.

Fry’s said it “has made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The company provided the following information for customers:

  • For customers who have equipment currently being repaired, please email, to arrange for return of your equipment.
  • For customers with items needing repair under a Performance Service Contract, please call (800) 811-1745.
  • For consignment vendors needing to pick up their consignment inventory at Fry’s locations, please email

The company was founded in Sunnyvale in 1985 by members of a family that had once operated grocery stores and the new business was based on that model.

Fry’s had a devoted following among computer enthusiasts, selling a wide range of parts, and was known for the colorful design of its stores, including a Mayan temple and the inside of a computer.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.