Category Archives: Business



I’ve seen this coming for a couple years, with the empty shelves, and going to a consignment business model. I don’t think it would have survived anyway, but the pandemic was the last nail in the coffin. It’s the end of an era.

[Thursday-afternoon update]

Bryan Preston remembers Fry’s. Our Fry’s was Tahitian themed. It was probably also the smallest store in the chain, perhaps because of real-estate prices in Manhattan Beach. It never carried appliances. If I wanted to have more selection, I had to drive to the ones in Commerce, Canoga Park, or Fountain Valley.