RadioShack Has Deep Roots

Here's a brief look at important dates and milestones for RadioShack across the past century...

  • 1919: Two friends start the Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company in Fort Worth, Texas, supplying leather shoe parts and supplies to repair shops.
  • 1921: Two brothers open the first "Radio Shack" in Boston, a small retail and mail-order business supplying ship radio equipment and "ham" radios. They borrowed the name for the store from the small wooden structure onboard ships that housed the radio equipment.
  • 1935: A predecessor of present-day RadioShack Corp. lists shares for trading on the NYSE.
  • 1947: Radio Shack opens the first audio showroom to feature speakers, amplifiers, turntables and phonograph cartridges. Also that year, Charles D. Tandy joins the family business and would soon begin to chart a new direction for the company's expansion.
  • 1954: Radio Shack sells its leather operations to a New England firm and embarks on a capitalization plan to finance future expansion.
  • 1959: Charles Tandy is elected as chairman of the board. The company is renamed Tandy Corp. and officially moves the headquarters to Fort Worth.
  • 1959: Tandy Corp. sells its first Realistic CB radio.
  • 1963: Tandy acquires Boston-based "Radio Shack" (as the retailer was then styled).
  • 1972: The Company sells its first all-electronic calculator.
  • 1977: RadioShack introduces the first mass-marketed, fully assembled personal computer, the TRS-80, with a Level II BASIC operating system created by Bill Gates. The TRS-80 is warmly remembered in the technology community to this day; by the 1980s, RadioShack comes to be known as "the biggest name in little computers."
  • 1978: Charles D. Tandy dies. Later, the Fort Worth community erects a statue memorializing his visionary entrepreneurialism near the company's headquarters downtown. In 2009, the statue was relocated to Tandy Hall at Texas Christian University's Neeley School of Business.
  • 1983: The Company introduces the "Model 100" laptop, the first of its kind in the computer industry.
  • 1984: RadiosShack sells its first mobile phone.
  • 1985: The Company starts selling satellite television systems and service.
  • 1994: RadioShack begins offering free rechargeable battery recycling, responsibly disposing of more than 7 million pounds of rechargeable batteries to date.
  • 2000: Tandy Corp. changes its name to RadioShack Corp.; later relisting shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "RSH."
  • 2004: RadioShack launches kiosk sales segment in partnership with national wireless carrier and big-box retail partner.
  • 2005: RadioShack Corp. moves headquarters to new Riverfront Campus along Trinity River in downtown Fort Worth.
  • 2005: RadioShack becomes an Authorized Apple Reseller and later introduces Skype-certified hardware and software in stores for free voice- and video-calling over the Web.
  • 2008: RadioShack launches Trade & Save, a trade-in program that allows customers to trade used devices at no cost, no matter where they were purchased, for credit toward a new purchase. RadioShack also acquires full ownership of RadioShack de Mexico.
  • 2012: The company introduces RadioShack No Contract Wireless in recognition of the growing popularity of pre-paid plans.
  • 2013: RadioShack introduces our refreshed brand and opens the doors of our first concept store in Manhattan in July 2013.
  • 2014: The Company made physical improvements to nearly all company-owned stores, which feature bright, completely redesigned interiors and new exterior signage.
  • 2015: RadioShack files for Bankruptcy Protection in an effort to restructure the company.
  • Today: General Wireless prevails in a bid to acquire RadioShack stores, taking the company private and operating over 1,700 stores in a strategic partnership with Sprint.