Sony 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.
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?
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)
Cherry Creek, CO (Cherry Creek Shopping Center)
Boca Raton, FL (Town Center at Boca Raton)
Miami, FL (Dolphin Mall)
Aurora, IL (Chicago Premium Outlets)
Menlo Park, NJ (Menlo Park Mall)
Wrentham, MA (Wrentham Village Premium Outlets)
Philadelphia, PA (The Market at Comcast Center)
Central Valley, NY (Woodbury Common Outlets)
Las Vegas, NV (Forum Shops at Caesar’s)
Dallas, TX (Galleria Dallas)
San Marcos, TX (San Marcos Prime Outlets)
Arlington, VA (Fashion Centre at Pentagon City)
McLean, VA (Tysons Corner)
Seattle, WA (University Village)
Pleasant Prairie, WI (Pleasant Prairie Prime Outlets)
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