Sprint, RadioShack Open 31 Co-Branded Stores Across Michigan

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Sprint-RadioShack co-branded stores are expanding their presence in Michigan with the addition of 31 stores across the state.

“Sprint is excited for the opportunity to transform these RadioShack stores, and give our customers a brand new experience once our ‘store-within-a-store’ concept is complete,” says Karen Paletta, Sprint’s vice president for the Northeast Region. “We’re also thrilled to be able to bring dozens of jobs to Michigan as well.” Sprint will hire about 70 sales associates to staff the stores.

Paletta says the Sprint-RadioShack co-branded stores represent a new partnership between the two companies. Sprint occupies about one third of the retail space within the stores, and Sprint, Boost, and Virgin-branded mobile devices are exclusively sold.

After Radio Shack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, the company reached an agreement with the hedge fund Standard General, RadioShack’s largest shareholder, to buy up to 2,400 of RadioShack’s 4,000 stores and co-brand them with Sprint.

Last week, General Wireless Inc., an affiliate of Standard General, acquired about 1,700 RadioShack stores. Sprint agreed with Standard General to be co-tenants in 1,435 of the 1,700 stores across the country.

RadioShack Corp., which took its name from small wooden structures that were built on ships to house radio equipment, was founded in 1921. The company had close to 10 stores and a thriving mail-order business, but it fell on hard times in the 1960s and was acquired by Tandy Corp. From there, the company grew rapidly, but in recent years, with the advent of powerful smartphones and tablets, the retailer saw its customer base dwindle.

A full list of Sprint-RadioShack stores in Michigan is below:

1800 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson

1887 Southfield Rd., Lincoln Park

19387 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods

200 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Madison Heights

205 N. Maple, Ann Arbor

2453 Ellsworth Rd., Ypsilanti

25011 Van Dyke, Center Line

26300 Plymouth Rd., Redford Township

29132 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak

31853 Gratiot Ave., Roseville

4073 N. Euclid Ave., Bay City

43442 W. Oaks Dr., Novi

5040 Dixie Hwy., Waterford

5051 State St., Saginaw

5148 Highland Rd., Waterford

531 N Telegraph Rd., Monroe

540 Highland Ave., Milford

64848 Van Dyke, Washington Twp.

7860 Telegraph Rd., Taylor

867 S. Main St., Lapeer

915 S. Saginaw, Midland

1238 28th St. SW, Wyoming

1377 S. Airport Rd. W., Traverse City

2279 N. Park Dr., Holland

355 S. Willowbrook, Coldwater

401 N. Clippert St., Lansing

420 Baldwin St., Jenison

5460 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo

5948 W. US-10, Ludington

701 68th St. SW., Byron Center

863 S. Centerville Rd., Sturgis           

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