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RadioShack Corp.

2014 Franchise 500
#48
At a Glance

Products & Services: Electronics store

Number of Locations: 5,530

Total Investment: $144.9K - $643.9K

Founded: 1921

Began Franchising: 1968

About RadioShack Corp.

RadioShack was opened in 1921 by the Deutchmann family, offering ham radio operators and electronics buffs a retail and mail order source for their electronics needs. By the 1960s, the company had nine stores and was shipping electronics to people all over the world, but was falling on hard times.

Charles Tandy purchased the company in 1963 and turned its $4 million debt into a $20 million profit. Today the company operates stores nationwide, selling everything from batteries to satellite dishes to electronics buffs and general consumers.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 879 0 347 4,304
2013 976 0 330 4,395
2012 1,016 0 300 4,476
2011 1,172 0 280 4,473
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, South America, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $144,875 - $643,851
Franchise Fee: $39,900
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 15% off franchise fee

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At franchisee's location: 1 week. Local workshops, annual convention
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,
Other marketing support: Bimonthly customer mailing

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #48 (2014), #67 (2013), #63 (2012),
America's Top Global: #47 (2013), #57 (2012),

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