We all know that Fry’s kicks major ass here at Robot Panic. We’ve pined over their selection of electronic geek fodder for years and have lamented time and time again that we don’t have them where we live. Well, here’s another reason why this store kicks so much ass. While visiting my brother in Los Angles this week, he mentioned this particular location and I just had to see it. Here are some pics from the Burbank, CA Fry’s location, which features a B-Movie theme. From the initial entrance that has a giant crashed UFO to the snack area laid out like a Sci-Fi Drive-In with real cars, this Fry’s is like no other big box retailer I’ve ever been in. And what was already my favorite electronics store has now taken on a whole new dimension of awesomeness with this B-Movie love.

Now why the hell can’t we get one of these in Minnesota?

The Crashed UFO as seen from the inside

The Crashed UFO as seen from the inside


The Invaders

The Invaders


Not only a great display of daily deals, but a warning not to mess

Not only a great display of daily deals, but a warning not to mess


The Day the HDTVs Stood Still

The Day the HDTV's Stood Still


Hey, honey? I'm gonna go check out some new compu.....AHHHHHH!!!! SWEET JESUS!!

Hey, honey? I'm gonna go check out some new compu.....AHHHHHH!!!! SWEET JESUS!!


My tentacles of destruction also have great deals on Dell

My tentacles of destruction also have great deals on Dell


The snack area features a drive-in movie theater with real cars.

The snack area features a drive-in movie theater with real cars.


Enter the Audio Demo Area... if you dare.

Enter the Audio Demo Area... if you dare.


Washers? Sure, check over by the GIANT MUTANT ANTS.

Washers? Sure, check over by the GIANT MUTANT ANTS.

4 Responses to Fry’s: Burbank, CA

  1. darkradish says:

    The Frys I frequent is set up like a Mayan temple.

  2. takeshikitano3 says:

    What the hell, that’s sweet, I live 20-25 minutes from the Fry’s in Lombard, IL and you’d never know they did themes in any location.

  3. Ryker XL says:

    @dark I have been to that one.

    Frys is cool, but they lack the distribution support to go national. When I used to secret shop them for the big yellow tag we discovered a few things of note:

    Frys was one of the first retailers to encorporate the line cue. Line cues are awesome because you don’t ever play the “did I pick the fastest lane” game. You simply wait in line and the next available cashier takes your order…kick ass! So much so that many retailers have copied this formula.

    Frys sells damn near everything. Wanna custom build your own pc? Just walk into Frys and pick from an assortment of motherboards, cases, fans, etc.

    The department supervisors in Frys used to be called “Directors.” I am not sure if they do this anymore, but they would stand at a kiosk and based on customer types, direct which of their sales people would help them. Maybe someone could tell me if they still do this as it was very cool to watch.

    If you look at the aisles, there are pictures of the people who stock those aisles. This adds a sense of ownership and pride to what they do. Also very cool.

    The execs at BBY used to refer to Frys as “King Kong” because when they entered a market it would simply devistate the top retailers market share.

    As John could tell you, what’s important in retail is “turns” or how fast can we move shit out of the store. As cool as hell as these stores are, they don’t turn as well as traditional retailers do. All the fun stuff makes it a playground experience, people come to play and then don’t buy. Tandy (Radio Shack) introduced a similar concept called “Incredible Universe” over a decade ago. It was a masive electronics store, as big as most malls and it featured concert stages, VR rooms, and customer karaoke (amongst other things). Sadly, people came to play and didn’t buy, and the IU experiment ended. Let’s hope the same doesn’t happen with Frys as I agree with Hilden, these places ROK! :)

  4. MikeOHara says:

    One of the Fry’s stores near me has a country-like theme to it. Big fucking cow sitting out in front and everything. Next time I go to it, I’ll have to take pictures and write an article for RP.

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