April 30, 2015
RadioShack of Warrenton continues as independent
Manager Matt Littleton, president of the local company that owns the store, has worked there since 1996.
Since it opened in 1985, the store has remained in the Warrenton Village shopping center.
The owner has worked to inform customers about the local store’s independence, unaffected by the national chain’s Chapter 11 reorganization.
I love that they are staying open. It made me very happy. You can always rely on RadioShack for things you have a hard time finding.
— Kevin Miller, regular customer
RadioShack of Warrenton
Warrenton Village shopping center, 251 W. Lee Highway, Suite 689
1985 by Michael Kitt
Kittronics Inc.; Matt Littleton, president.
• Products and services: Electronic devices and accessories, batteries, cables, parts, DIRECTV service Excede Internet access.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
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Business continues as usual at the independently-owned and -operated RadioShack in the Warrenton Village shopping center.
The store will keep serving customers’ electronic needs — especially for accessories, parts, batteries and subscription services — despite RadioShack’s recent corporate bankruptcy.
Although it displays the corporate logo, local corporation Kittronics Inc. owns the store.
“We are an independent entity,” said Kittronics President Matt Littleton, who manages the store near Rankin’s Hardware. “We don’t necessarily have to stock RadioShack inventory, as long as we are carrying the right batteries or the right cables.”
Roughly 1,200 independent RadioShack dealers existed worldwide at one time, according to the Texas corporation’s website.
The Warrenton location opened in 1985 in the same shopping center.
“I want to reassure people that regardless of what happens with RadioShack (corporation), we have no intentions of going anywhere,” Mr. Littleton said.
The store will keep the same staff and generally carry the same products.
Kevin Miller, a RadioShack customer for many years, buys electronic components at the Warrenton store for the custom bass guitar amplifiers he builds.
“I love that they are staying open,” Mr. Miller said during a recent visit. “It made me very happy. You can always rely on RadioShack for things you have a hard time finding. I bought mini LED holders.”
To get the word out, Mr. Littleton has advertised in several local publications and posted signs on the front door and at the counter thanking customers for their concern and reiterating the fact that the store will remain open.
I “try to keep sidewalk signs up so people can see there is an active business here,” he said.
Dawn Winslow-Chadwick, owner of the nearby Warrenton Décor, describes the RadioShack as a good neighbor.
“They act as a cornerstone for the shopping center under the rotunda,” Ms. Winslow-Chadwick said. “They are good as a far as customer traffic. I have found them, as a customer, to have solutions to technology questions.”
Employed at the store since 1996, Mr. Littleton took over the company, founded by Michael Kitt, last October.
Mr. Littleton and Doug Byers run the store as the only employees.
The shop has contracts to sell Exede high-speed satellite Internet, DIRECTV, and White’s Metal Detectors.
The Internet and TV services, along with batteries for hearing aids and watches, rank among the best sellers, as electronics retailing continues to evolve and grow more competitive, with big-box and online sellers dominating some segments.
“The level of service that people can get here is so different than other similar electronic stores,” Mr. Littleton said. We “try to put the customer’s needs first at whatever chance we get.”
On Feb. 5, RadioShack Corporation filed for Chapter 11 (reorganization) bankruptcy.
On April 2, General Wireless — an affiliate of Standard General LP — won approval from bankruptcy court to acquire inventory and assume the leases of 1,743 company-owned RadioShack stores nationwide.
The new company will be reorganized in a partnership with Sprint, the national telecommunications service provider. Approximately 1,440 of those shops will “be co-branded with Sprint” under a “store within a store” concept.
Corporate stores in Virginia listed for potential closure include: Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Springfield, Fairfax, Falls Church, Sterling, Harrisonburg, Leesburg, Reston, Richmond, Arlington, Vienna, Richmond and Virginia Beach.
But, as it has done for three decades, the Warrenton store will continue to adapt to the local market and customer needs.
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Dennis A. Taylor · April 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm
So glad you are here Matt! You and your team have always been helpful and friendly whenever I need something! Always going above and beyond!
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