The History of Fry's Electronics, Inc.
Fry's Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Sunnyvale, California in a 20,000 square-foot location by the three Fry brothers, John, Randy, and Dave; and Kathy Kolder. Fry's is a closely-held private company, and all of the founders are actively involved in the daily operation of the business.
Fry's was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-Tech Professional. Fry's continues to keep hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace. Fry's retails over 50,000 electronic items within each store, now totaling 34. There are currently 8 stores in Northern California, 9 stores in Southern California, 8 stores in Texas, 2 stores in Arizona, 2 stores in Georgia, and 1 store each in Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The stores range in size from 50,000 to over 180,000 square feet. Fry's also provides customers with added shopping opportunities via its online center at Fry's.com.
Each store carries its own unique theme.
In Northern California:
- Campbell's ancient Egyptian theme displays King Tut tombs.
- Concord is the newest addition to the Bay Area market.
- Fremont's 1893 World's Fair theme is a flashback to the first city powered by electricity.
- Palo Alto steps straight out of the old wild, wild west.
- In Roseville, we honor the influence of the California railroad with a train engine crashing through the wall and a full-size train replica on tracks in the store.
- San Jose pays tribute to the first astronomers, the Mayans, with settings from Chichenitza.
- Sunnyvale reflects the history of the Silicon Valley.
In Southern California:
- Anaheim places you on the NASA flight deck for the Endeavor Space Shuttle, complete with launches on big screens all weekend long.
- Burbank pulls you back in time to the 1950's with a retro-space theme from Hollywood, complete with little green Martians and Gort, the robot.
- City of Industry pays tribute to the industrial revolution with bigger-than-life gears.
- In Oxnard the rich agricultural and commercial history of this coastal community is featured in historical wall murals.
- Fountain Valley hails the ruins of ancient Rome, complete with a flowing aqueduct.
- Manhattan Beach takes you to Tahiti with sculpted lava tiki heads and its own rain forest.
- San Marcos takes you to Atlantis, with its aquariums, and exotic fish.
- Woodland Hills is a page out of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland storybook, with 10 to 15-foot high figurines of the story characters.
- Austin is a tribute to the city's reputation as the "Live Music Capital of the World."
- Dallas allows you to experience the Lazy-K ranch, complete with a herd of longhorn cattle.
- Houston lets you view the history of Texas oil, complete with oil derricks.
- Irving pays tribute to its history, which is depicted throughout the store on mural-size photos.
- Plano shows how the railroad impacted the development of this thriving area.
- South Houston honors the city's rich pioneer heritage.
- Webster's murals depict the history of space exploration together with a scale replica of the international space station.
- Phoenix is a journey into an ancient Aztec temple.
- Milton, one of the fastest growing communities in the South displays photographs depicting the growth and history of the town.
- In Duluth, old photographs show the pioneer days up to the 60s.
- Downers Grove displays historical pictures of the train station, the Downer Family and local business sites throughout the store.
- Fishers pays tribute to the origins of the pre-1960's Indy Speedway.
- Las Vegas reflects the history of "The Strip."
- Renton reflects past historical events.
The Sacramento, San Diego, Concord, Tempe, Wilsonville and Arlington stores are all works in progress.
Fry's services the hi-tech professional by focusing on our motto of always providing each customer with fast, friendly, courteous service. Fry's has become the place where a technical customer can shop with confidence and comfort. All of Fry's stores sell, service, and support computer hardware and software products, I.C.'s, components and accessories, as well as audio, video, and telecommunications products, and appliances. Fry's also sells personal electronics, as well as convenience and general merchandise items. Fry's has been providing customers with a broad product selection from all areas of the electronics industry for nearly two decades. Fry's goal is to continue our focus on the hi-tech professional and to progressively expand in the future.