Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nine Area RadioShack Stores Will Close; Unclear How Many Local Employees Will Lose Their Jobs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nine Area RadioShack Stores Will Close; Unclear How Many Local Employees Will Lose Their Jobs

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Byline: Drew Dixon

Less than a week after electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. announced it would be closing 2,400 stores nationwide, the list of those shops shutting down has been released and nine of the stores closing are located on the First Coast.

Soon after, RadioShack announced it would sell up to 2,400 stores to Standard General in anticipation that the wireless company Sprint would open mini-shops in them.

Every mall in the Jacksonville area with a RadioShack will lose the store, though the closing date is not clear. The list released on RadioShack's website (radioshackcorporation.com ) Monday listed 1,784 store closings.

About 115 stores in Florida are being shut down in the move following RadioShack's decision announced Thursday to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The state with the most closures is California, where 175 RadioShack stores are being shuttered.

The First Coast RadioShack store closings include:

- 1489 County Road 220, Suite 100, Fleming Island.

- The Regency Square Mall, 9585 Regency Square Blvd. N., Jacksonville.

- Highland Square, 1140-2 Dunn Ave., Jacksonville.

- The Avenues mall, 10300 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville.

- Gateway Shopping Center, 5412 Norwood Ave, Suite 100, Jacksonville.

- St. Johns Town Center, 4668 Town Crossing Drive, Suite 137, Jacksonville.

- 6147 103rd St., Jacksonville.

- Orange Park Mall, 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park.

- Bolton Plaza, 661 Blanding Blvd., Suite 518, Orange Park.

Workers who answered the phone Monday at the Regency and St. Johns Town Center malls declined to comment and directed journalists to a media office phone line for the company.

Prerecorded messages on that company phone line advised that the corporate offices are experiencing heavy traffic and directed journalists to the company's website for further information.

It's still not clear how many employees will lose their jobs on the First Coast or nationwide. …

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