So it looks like Radio Shack is being put out to pasture.
On the way down, turning the stores into a chain of cell-phone kiosks staffed by hucksters alienated the DIYers.
This. One of my very first DIY projects was building my own speakers. I started with a Radio Shack-published book and a handful of parts from the local store. The last time I was in a store, the total parts selection was half a rack and the salesperson kept pressuring me to buy a cellphone.