Fry’s Electronics: Where are San Jose’s legacy superstores now?

Tech superstore Fry’s Electronics was a San Jose staple for decades. After their collapse in 2021, their iconic buildings in the South Bay face an uncertain fate.

The front of a beige Fry's Electronics store in the evening, with store logo in red, and lights illuminating the side of the building.

Fry’s Electronics on Hamilton in Campbell

Photo by Bryce Edwards

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City Editor Gregg, here. Who else remembers Fry’s Electronics, fondly? It used to be one of the most prominent superstores in the South Bay.

The first location opened its doors in Sunnyvale in 1985, and for the next 30 years, would cement itself as one of the most unique businesses you’d find anywhere in the US.

You see, unlike many big-box stores, every single Fry’s had a specific theme. I have such fond memories of visiting these stores — I thought it would be fun to take look at the three South Bay locations, and some memories I have there.

A large, beige Fry's Electronics building sits in front of an empty parking lot with a few scattered trees. The store's logo is red, and the entrance is built to resemble the faded grey granite of a Mayan Temple.

Fry’s Electronics on East Brokaw Rd

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🔌 550 E. Brokaw Rd., San Jose

Modeled after weathered grey-limestone temples from South America, the location wanted to pay tribute to “the first astronomers, the Mayans, with settings from Chichenitza.”

I remember listening to the hidden speakers piping in the sounds of wind and rain with subtle squawks and trills of tropical birds.

Currently, the building is being used as a warehouse space for San Jose tech company Supermicro. City Council approved plans to turn the space into a multi-building office complex, though developers are considering the potential of residential units.

A big, weathered beige building with a filed off logo for Fry's Electronics. There are stairs and a large access ramp leading to the entrance, which is modeled to resemble an Egyptian temple. There is a small sign for Spirit Halloween on the side of the building.

The former Fry’s Electronics building on Hamilton Ave in Campbell

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🔌 600 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell

The Egyptian-themed location predominantly sits empty for most of the year, and famously converts into the seasonal specter of Spirit Halloween.

I remember the dark atmosphere punctuated by electric orange sconces. The walls were lined with hieroglyphics and large, stone scarabs.

Today, the building is home to the Bay Area’s first-ever indoor pickleball club.

The front of a big beige Fry's Electronics building. The store's logo is red, sitting in the middle of a dark green waveform. The doors are open, and it appears lively.

Fry’s Electronics store in Sunnyvale, California in 2019, prior to the store’s closure

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🔌 1077 E. Arques Ave., Sunnyvale

This high-tech-inspired location’s massive, fenced-in parking lot continues to grow weeds, while its formerly bright-green waveform sign hangs bleach-white on the building.

I remember the inside of this location being exceptionally bright. Colorful, David Hockney-styled squiggly rugs weaving in and around aisles and aisles of gadgets in between faux marble floors.

Semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials purchased the site in September 2023, though their plans for the building are currently unknown.

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