Sony to Close 2/3rds of Their US Retail Stores

Sonysony-logo announced the shutdown of their US ebookstore earlier this month, and now it seems that wasn't the only retail effort to go on the chopping block.

The electronics giant announced today that they are shutting down most of their US retail stores. Sony had been selling their own electronics from various mall stores for the past decade, but that's probably not going to true for much longer. Sony is closing 20 of their remaining 31 retail stores, including both of the stores in my area, leaving them with only 11 stores in the US.

That's less than a fifth of the 56 stores they reportedly had in 2011, shortly before they closed 11 stores. It looks like Sony has been shutting down stores ever since then, probably when the leases expired.

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Sony had been selling a wide variety of Sony-branded electronics in the stores, including cameras, TVs, tablets, PCs, laptops, and until last October, the Sony Reader.  The last Sony reader was never released in the US, but the earlier models were sold in Sony's retail stores. I can recall going to see the PRS-700 in the Tysons Corner store in late 2008, and I also picked up the PRS-T2 from that store in late 2012.

Here's a list of the 20 locations to be shuttered; are any near you?

CALIFORNIA
Camarillo, CA (Camarillo Premium Outlets)

Gilroy, CA (Gilroy Premium Outlets)

Los Angeles, CA (Century City)

San Diego, CA (Las Americas Premium Outlets)

Santa Clara, CA (Valley Fair)

COLORADO
Cherry Creek, CO (Cherry Creek Shopping Center)

FLORIDA
Boca Raton, FL (Town Center at Boca Raton)

Miami, FL (Dolphin Mall)

ILLINOIS
Aurora, IL (Chicago Premium Outlets)

NEW JERSEY
Menlo Park, NJ (Menlo Park Mall)

MASSACHUSETTS
Wrentham, MA (Wrentham Village Premium Outlets)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia, PA (The Market at Comcast Center)

NEW YORK
Central Valley, NY (Woodbury Common Outlets)

NEVADA
Las Vegas, NV (Forum Shops at Caesar’s)

TEXAS
Dallas, TX (Galleria Dallas)

San Marcos, TX (San Marcos Prime Outlets)

VIRGINIA
Arlington, VA (Fashion Centre at Pentagon City)

McLean, VA (Tysons Corner)

WASHINGTON
Seattle, WA (University Village)

WISCONSIN
Pleasant Prairie, WI (Pleasant Prairie Prime Outlets)

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About Nate Hoffelder (11582 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Sony to Close 2/3rds of Their US Retail Stores

  1. I’ve spent some money at the Seattle U-Village store, no more I guess.

  2. I bought my Sony PRS T-1 from same store Nate and then later when they closed it out, the case with light. I still use mine though I never bought any books from Sony. People were always friendly there but never as many customers as the Apple Store on the first floor.

  3. They shut all there stores here in Ireland a year or two ago. good enough, to be honest (apart from the unfortunate job losses associated). I bought their ereader a few years ago, and when it broke, they made me post it back to them in the UK, charging €70 for the privilege, and then told me they could repair it for €250. Coincidentally, the cost of a new one. All while it was under warranty. Their after sales service has always been impersonal, careless, and unnecessarily awkward, and it came as no surprise when they shut here.

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