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Dasvedanya, CompUSSR

("Goodbye, CompUSA")

CompUSA's "realignment strategy" will shutter 126 of its stores, leaving 103 in 39 states and Puerto Rico. In the process, it's closing all of its locations near D.C. (Vienna, Fairfax, Alexandria, Woodbridge, Rockville and Gaithersburg) leaving one only one store up in Columbia. No more shuffling off to Tysons Corner or Rockville Pike to paw over new laptops or find a wireless router.

Let's take a moment to remember the things that made CompUSA distinctive...

Er, I can't actually remember them. It was an OK store, but in general I thought of CompUSA as a Best Buy or Circuit City that didn't carry enough TVs and stereos. The in-store service varied between "nothing special" and "dangerously clueless" (hence the "CompUSSR" nickname--even if the chain didn't hit Soviet levels of customer hostility, the moniker was too good to resist). But I can't say that other mass-market retailers have been that much better.

Share your eulogies for CompUSA's Washington-area presence--or toss some dirt on its grave--in the comments.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 1, 2007; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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