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Retail electronics business in flux

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Ken Rodd continues a family owned business Ken Rodd continues a family owned business

Radio Shack announced plans to close as many as 1,100 Stores nationwide, due to weak sales of mobile devices. An Albany electronic store owner says the new age in technology has created challenges for his store as well.         

Ken Rodd has owned Rodd Electronics since 1970. He's been on North Slappey Boulevard for 10 years.  

"We basically sell communications and audio/video equipment. We do security work," he said.   Rodd says he's seen technology change drastically during his 40 years in business.   "Then the business changed, we sold a lot of cassette players you know for car stereos, then it went to CD players, now most of the car stereos have inputs for iPods."  

Rodd says his store doesn't sell computers.   "That's a business all on its own."  

But he does have a repair shop for computers and offers tech support. He considers his store to be a hands-on business. "We can give them support, we can help them decide what to buy, help them install it."  

He says the internet changed everything. "In our gross sales, the last couple of years have been down from what they should be, and a lot of that has to do with people buying stuff online."  

Rodd says it's contracting work that has kept his business going. He says he's seen several other electronic stores go out of business.   "I've seen lots and lots of them, we can count twenty maybe. Real easy."    

Rodd says he's doing everything in his store to keep up with the change in technology.   "We've changed with the times; we try to carry products that people are asking for."  

Rodd says he's amazed at how technology has progressed. Competition from large electronic retailers has been tough, but he's encouraging consumers to continue to shop locally.   "I employ local people and it just makes sense to support your local businesses when you can."  

Rodd says his store will continue to provide fair prices and great customer service.   Rodd electronics is approaching its 45th year of being in business.


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