POTSDAM - Its unknown whether the RadioShack stores in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties will be on the chopping block this year as a part of the national retailers plan to close roughly 500 stores across the country.
RadioShack Corp. has not officially announced its plan for the closures, which was reported this week by the Wall Street Journal. The company has not said which of its approximately 4,300 stores will be closed or when the closures will begin.
RadioShack now has six stores based in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties: in Massena at the Harte Haven Plaza; in Potsdam on Market Street ;in Watertown on Arsenal Street and in Salmon Run Mall; in Ogdensburg at the Gateway Plaza on Ford Street; , and in Canton at the Rex Hardware store on Main Street. The Canton store will not be affected by the closures because its privately owned.
An email response from RadioShacks corporate media department declined to confirm its plan for the closures.
RadioShacks policy is that the company does not respond to speculation or rumor, the email stated.
The St. Lawrence County corporate stores have just recently gone through remodels or resets that Radio Shack advertised in their Super Bowl commercial, according to Lindon P. Pressler, store manager of the Ogdensburg RadioShack.
Theres no indication that any of the stores in this county will be closing, Mr. Pressler said. No one really knows whats closing and whats not, but we all just got the remodel with the new image and look that theyve been advertising.
Mr. Pressler said that since a considerable amount of money just went into the stores remodels, it would seem an unlikely business decision to close them.
The assistant store manager at the RadioShack in Massena said the store just finished repainting about two weeks ago and has recently hired three employees.
If we were to close it would surprise me because we just went through a remodel, he said. We do a lot of business here. Our store and Ogdensburgs get a lot of Canadian business and Potsdam, being a college town, gets a huge boom every time college students come back to the area.
The assistant store manager, who did not want to release his name, said the remodel was to bring them up to date with the new image being advertised.
I dont think they would go through a remodel, hire new people and ship new merchandise if they were going to close the store, he said. But we really only know what we see on the news, so we could be wrong.