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Unfortunately I was unable to revisit this store after the surprise announcement of the entire Fry's chain going out of business on February 23, 2021. Fry's was a chain that I had overlooked on the blog for a while even though I visited their stores frequently up until around 2019. With the rapid decline of their stores becoming more and more obvious, it was time to finally document these stores in late 2019. Fry's lasted a little more than a year after I documented the Houston area stores.
I made it in time to document the store just before the signage was taken down. If you want to see the store back in late 2019 click here for my store tour.
Here are the views of the closed up store. As you can see the employees were moving items into a rental truck. If you were an employee of Fry's when the store closed, please share your experience. I am not sure if this store had a fixture sale like the other two locations, but the store was completely vacated while the other 2 locations were having their fixture sales.
This was the first Fry's location I visited back in 2000. It was very sad to see the decline of this store.
I wonder if anyone was left to install car stereos prior to Fry's shutting down. They had next to nothing left towards the end.
The faded sign is still up, even months later. If it hasn't blown down yet.
A month later the signage had been taken down. Some of the ceiling panels have fallen or were removed when the sign was taken down. Those same panels except for one fallen panel were still sitting there a couple of months ago.
The other 2 Fry's locations had tarps placed over the signage and still hasn't been taken down as of November 2021. The NASA Fry's roads are completely blocked off by fencing. You will see more of the NASA Fry's location here in the future, video and photos.