Radio Shack in Floyd?

The jive over java at the Blue Ridge says Citizens Telephone is negotiating with Radio Shack to join them at their space in The Village Green in Floyd.

For once, rumors are true. A Citizens executive confirms that they are, indeed, talking with the electronics retailer about the Texas electronics giant becoming a partner at their storefront location.

Talking is one thing. Making it a reality is something else again. A lot of details would need to be worked out and some hurdles overcome -- including the town's restrictive (and not always uniformly enforced) signing ordinance.

Some might view the arrival of a chain retailer as a negative but Floyd lacks, at the moment, a good source for computer and electronics equipment. Just ask anyone who has faced a trip to Christiansburg or Roanoke to buy blank DVDs, a Firewire or USB cable or a backup hard drive for their computer.

The jive over java at the Blue Ridge says Citizens Telephone is negotiating with Radio Shack to join them at their space in The Village Green in Floyd.

For once, rumors are true. A Citizens executive confirms that they are, indeed, talking with the electronics retailer about the Texas electronics giant becoming a partner at their storefront location.

Talking is one thing. Making it a reality is something else again. A lot of details would need to be worked out and some hurdles overcome — including the town’s restrictive (and not always uniformly enforced) signing ordinance.

Some might view the arrival of a chain retailer as a negative but Floyd lacks, at the moment, a good source for computer and electronics equipment. Just ask anyone who has faced a trip to Christiansburg or Roanoke to buy blank DVDs, a Firewire or USB cable or a backup hard drive for their computer.

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12 Responses

  1. I didn’t move here for the sake of convenience. I would have stayed in the city I was in or any other city if convenience was important to me…I certainly wouldn’t have come here.

    Regarding Jeff T.’s comment on little painted signs….who said anything about little painted signs? I certainly doubt Radio Shack will put up a little painted sign unless the bylaws of Village Green prohibit it….which they might.

    My idea of a “living” town is not more consumerism, imported goods, and cheap labor. It is a place where a sense of community is paramount. Where I can wave to people from my car driving down the road and the people in the hardware store know me and call me by name. Where I can buy locally from beef to eggs to greens to a coffee cup. Where I can soothe the savage beast by listening to music and shake off my stress by going out dancing…

    As far as a ceremonial tourist town….without the tourists bumping up the numbers many of the businesses in Floyd would not make it. In the 30 years I’ve been here tourism is the only industry that has really made a difference. With out tourism in Floyd, I doubt anyone would be shopping at Radio Shack.

    If what some consider the inevitable does happen then we could look at Boone, NC as an example. (not that I would ever want Floyd to become a Boone). They did design their town so that the big businesses, chains, box stores were kept on the outskirts, preserving the heart of the town as architecturally traditional, with small shops and little gardens, a lovely place to take an evening stroll, get a bite to eat, take in a show.

    So, no, I do not want our town to look and feel and buzz like every other small town in the U.S. That is why I came here. I like no billboards, strip malls, flashing signs, hype. We have a rare and precious little town and I think we better get on the ball and work hard to keep it that way.

    Rio

  2. Doug,

    I see your point to a point. But there are alot of things you still cannot buy in Floyd (like a decent pair of under wear for instance) and I wouldn’t want to see a store open for all of those things….I like our remoteness and my monthly trip to C’burg. Last year when I needed a usb cable i borrowed one and then ordered one online….not only does that method keep one resourceful, but it does not clutter up our hometown downtown with chain stores.

    Rio

  3. I agree with Rio. There comes a point where convenience becomes inconvenient. Like many, I like things to be accessable when they’re needed… but at what cost? If Radio Shack is allowed to open in Floyd then what’s to stop a Super Walmart? What’s more convenient than “One stop shopping”?

  4. What’s to stop any business from opening in Floyd right now? What businesses are allowed to operate could possibly be restrained by our local government (though maybe not-check out what is happening in Blacksburg), but most in the county and on the board of supervisors are pro-growth and welcome any new businesses. There is a contingent who would like to strictly regulate what businesses are allowed to open in and around Floyd, but they are in the minority. I don’t see a big-box coming to Floyd anytime soon, but national chain operators are here and will continue to proliferate much to the chagrin of those who have ethical and/or aesthetic issues with the way Floyd is growing.

  5. Rio;
    Take no offense please. I’m referring to the council member that protested that one of the VG doors has more than one establishments sign painted on the door…

    Call it what you want a town’s business is to serve the people, residents or tourists. I hardly can believe your saying R.Shack would be a box store? I’m having a hard enough time imagining how they’d use that bit of floor space.

    I may be talking out of school but I’m not a tourist, didn’t come here to be one either, though I enjoy and support the music scene. I came here to work and raise family, that still works for me. I’d rather shop Floyd, and hope for more real shops. Don’t tell me that folks are supposed to drive away to shop for everything that isn’t “quaint”

    I hadn’t planned to right an essay about it so forgive me for leaving out a few details.

  6. Let’s talk about signs. Many people want to moan and groan about the signs. As soon as we enter Floyd what do we see? A cheap looking Family Dollar sign. As soon as we leave Floyd on 221 what do we see?? Another cheap looking sign…Dollar General. And people are worried about Radio Shack???? Or any other decent store??? I just don’t get it.

  7. I’m a twenty year old male and I’ve grown up in Floyd my entire life. I’ve seen buisnesses and factories shut down in Floyd and as I have recently discovered, it’s becoming really hard to find a good job in Floyd. You almost have to go to either Christiansburg or Roanoke to find a good job. I say let the buisnesses come in. Floyd needs more jobs. The county is slowing having a brain drain where all the young, smart people are moving out of the county because there is nothing here for us, and what good does the town do if you can’t keep your younger people here. Get more buisnesses and industry in the county. The town can do this and keep it’s small town feel.

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