Good news for those who live in the Provo/Orem area: RadioShack Express is now open inside the HobbyTown store in Orem. It's one of 100 RadioShack Express stores opening in HobbyTown stores across the U.S. I just hope the corporate clowns don't sink this venture into the third bankruptcy of the RadioShack brand. Full story here:
This makes sense to me. I think one of the problems the original Radio Shack ran into was that they tried to go too mainstream and got away from the parts and gizmos that made them a hobbyists dream. I went into one about 15 years ago looking for thermal grease and the sales drone had no idea what I was even talking about. I ended up finding it myself. They had it, but the guy didn't know it. That's a problem.
With the increasing interest in makerspaces (and to some extent STEM in general) I think it makes a ton of sense to target those groups. Working on a project and find you need a 1KV resistor? Come on in, we've got it. I'm not sure if that's what they're looking at with Hobbytown, but it's in the right ballpark.
FWIW, the site of the former RadioShack in Layton on N Woodland Park Drive is now known as "RadioShop", and is an authorized RadioShack dealer. The stores in Layton and Orem might be a good source for electronic parts and supplies now that Ra-Elco is gone.