Here's a little history on RadioShack - in case someone finds it interesting.
Once upon a time, there was a company called Allied Electronics. They were the largest electronic parts supplier in the world. They had a consumer electronics division called Allied Radio. They also had a division called Knight that sold kits and assembled items.
In 1968 (when I was working there) they were bought out by Ling-Temco-Vought
who, at that time, made everything from jet planes to steel, to basketballs.
Within a month or two LTV re-sold Allied to Tandy Corp. who had a chain a stores for leather-work hobbyists and a chain for bubble pack electronic parts called RadioShack. Allied was merged with RadioShack and became known as Allied-RadioShack. RadioShack continued to be the disappointing parts supplier that it is today.
Somewhere along the line a little bit of Allied Electronics
was left partially in tact.
Having worked at Allied in Chicago during it's glory days, I'd admit to having a very bad attitude about RadioSh**. I do go there when I absolutely have to, but have trouble getting through the door due to the enormous chip on my shoulder.