The last Tandy stores were closed or rebranded quite recently in Australia. Tandy was truly a great destination for Christmas toy shopping back in the s and early s. From a peak period in the s when the chain boasted some franchises around Australia at one point there were 5 stores within a 40min drive of my home!
The brand ceased to exist after it was phased out by Woolworths in InTandy changed its business to electronics when it acquired control of RadioShacka forty-year-old electronics business with nine stores and a mail-order arm. From toRadioShack grew to more than stores and dealers in the US, with a further stores and dealers in Canada, England, Europe and Australia.
Leading Edge was capitalising on Woolworth's decision to wind down its franchise agreements with a number of DSE stores. The former DSE franchisee claimed Woolworths intended to replace the franchises with company owned stores. CEO Keith Lane said the buying group, which represents independent retailers across a number of divisions including Computing, would target up to Electronics stores to join its new Electronics Group.
InTandy changed its business to electronics when it acquired control of RadioShacka forty-year-old electronics business with nine stores and a mail-order arm. From toRadioShack grew to more than stores and dealers in the US, with a further stores and dealers in Canada, England, Europe and Australia. They were administered from a rented office and warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Rydalmere. Many independent electrical businesses in smaller towns added Tandy products to their range.
The uptake of personal computing was increasing in Australia in the late s and early s; however the cost and availability of personal home computers was still restrictive to many. The popularity of the Tandy Radio Shack TRS 80 personal computer prompted the Dick Smith Electronics stores to make a similar computer more widely available to the Australian market, and do so at a lower price. Copyright for the above image is held by MAAS and may be subject to third-party copyright restrictions.
I saw this at Bondi Junction and it showed it was down from 40 bucks to 10, however it looks like an identical antenna but branded dick smith rather than Tandy is selling for 79 bucks the antenna above the Tandy in the picture. So it's somewhere between 30 and 69 off. Tried to find online but couldn't.
Tandy's online retail operations have been put on hold while owner Woolworths integrates the site with the warehousing and logistics systems of Dick Smith Electronics. The Tandy site went offline on January 31 and will remain so for at least the next few months, following the end of an agreement with Uniqueworld. In NovemberUniqueworld partnered with Smartbuy to develop and manage the Tandy site.
I really enjoyed visiting DSE stores while growing up in the s, just as I did with Tandy stores — mainly due to the toys. Starting out as an installer of car radios, by the company had expanded to become a chain of hobby electronics stores with 18 locations in Australia, one in New Zealand, and even a presence in the USA. Dick then sold the business and moved on to other projects, such as founding Australian Geographicand becoming an adventurer — completing the first ever solo helicopter flight around the world. No complaints were received in Australia, but when a similar sign was displayed on the new company building in Redwood City, USA, some Americans were offended and contacted the local city authority!
After an almost-four-month fire sale, Dick Smith's stores are now well picked-over. What was left, however, tells a tale in itself — one about a chain that somehow acquired a huge inventory of stuff that nobody would buy, even at 90 per cent off. Credit: cirkelnfilm.
Dick Smith Holdings Limited formerly Dick SmithDick Smith Electronics or DSE was an Australian chain of retail stores that sold consumer electronics goods, hobbyist electronic components, and electronic project kits. The chain expanded successfully into New Zealand and unsuccessfully into several other countries. The company closed inwithin several years of its acquisition by Anchorage Capital Partners.