A week after Puerto Rico is declared bankrupt by its biggest daily newspaper, electronics giant Radio Shack announced it will be closing 44 stores across the island.
Calls to Radio Shacks Puerto Rico central office about how many jobs will be lost were unanswered and store employees are not authorized to comment.
Fiva Radio Shack locations will remain open on the island, according to “El Nuevo Dia.” This is all part of a deal made last week with investment firm Standard General. The firm is buying out between 1,500 and 2,400 of Radio Shacks 4,000 doors. Up to 1,750 of those stores will house a Sprint Wireless shop in-house, a deal also announced last week.
Puerto Rico is no stranger to business closings. CaribbeanBusinessPR.com reported last month that Sony was shutting its doors on the island. President of Sony Puerto Rico Ricardo Rivera announced the company was closing down the central office and two retail stores, affecting 50 jobs. Last year beauty giant Elizabeth Arden closed all beauty counters in all retailers on the island and its corporate office. The number of jobs affected is unknown.
Adding insult to injury
This couldn’t have come at worst time for the island. Puerto Ricos unemployment rate is the highest in the U.S. According to the Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment on the island is 13.7%. The national rate is 5.7%.
Some of Radio Shacks closings in Puerto Rico are Plaza del Caribe Ponce, Montehiedra Town Center en San Juan, Los Colobos en Carolina, Santa Rosa Mall en Bayamón, la tienda de Viejo San Juan.
Many Radio Shacks have begun liquidating their merchandise at deep discounts and have a skeleton crew running the stores, according to CNN.