The world of computers was very different when George Shen opened his Roanoke County store, PC City Computers, in 1992.
Shen has kept up with those changes, but he said advancements in technology are essentially putting him out of business. When a computer breaks down, most people opt to buy a new one because it’s not worth fixing, he said. And the emergence of smartphones and tablets have made it easier for people to work without a traditional computer.
Shen is closing his store at the end of the month. You can read more in Sunday’s column.
You read here last month that Walmart is bringing back layaway for the holidays. That was welcome news to several blog readers, who said they planned to take advantage of the service.
I talked last week with Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation, about the history of layaway and why it almost went extinct.You can read more about that in the column, too.
Do you plan on using layaway to buy gifts for the holidays?