Oh, Fry’s, Where Art Thou? Reno’s calling.

11 08 2011


For those of you that have never been to Fry’s, well, you’re missing out.  You don’t have to be an uber-geek to enjoy the Fry’s vast line of electronics gadgetry, they also have a plethora of more mundane products like refrigerators and massage chairs (highly recommend!).  More than just a shopping experience, Fry’s does a good job of tying into the history of the area each store is located in.  The Roseville store has a large locomotive crashing through the side of the building similar to the spaceship in Burbank on the left.  More than just window dressing, Fry’s usually keeps the atmosphere inside also in theme, with little aliens and giant Van der Graaf generators to make loud ozone (static electricity generator creates lightning inside a faraday cage).  Fry’s is a mainstay to the tech community because they have a large selection of items you can’t find other than online or in a catalog.  You can touch and feel that which you are looking for.  They have several lines of computer parts to build your own, or you can peruse their multiple aisles of actual computers on display.  It’s like Best Buy on steroids.  They usually have what you are looking for, although I couldn’t find an Arduino kit last time I went.

I could try and relate their history, but they do a good job on their Store History website that includes each stores theme.


“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.”

We have a burgeoning need for Fry’s in Reno.  There is no competition.  I am not the only one that has to make the “Roseville Run” often.  Just last week I ran into another Reno techie at their lunch counter in Roseville (although there is a great and inexpensive Indian buffet around the corner) and we discussed the possibility of car pooling next round.  I think we should  just plan a once a month bus charter for the fun of it and gather other techies for a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour…





2 responses

16 08 2011

SO want a FRY’s!!!! It’s my favorite store!

17 08 2011

Thanks Marc, I’ll call you for your order before I go next time. Probably be Aug 29 since I’ll be going to Cucamonga.

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