Circuit City closes its doors for final time

RALEIGH /*Circuit City*/ was once the nation's second largest electronics retailer, but it was no match for heightening competition and waning consumer spending. The stores to be left broom clean and vacant.

The chain store opened 60 years ago. For shoppers in Raleigh the 90 percent off sign was enough to get keep them coming minutes from closing time.

"I came up to this one, because the other ones are pretty well empty," Fuquay-Varina resident Robert Olson said. "I mean it's tough in the economy, but we're also struggling as consumers so when we see things going out of business, we're also looking for a bargain."

The final customers walked out with bags mostly filled with cables --a sad ending to what was once considered a consumer electronics retail giant.

"I was in the military in Virginia when they first opened up and it's like, they were the biggest people around," Olson said. "They were popping up all around, new buildings, new everything, new merchandise, so it looked like they were going to make it there for a while."

Roughly, 34,000 people nationwide have now lost their jobs as the 567 remaining U.S. stores closed.

Many of the employees left at the Raleigh store took one final look and shook their head in disbelief the job they've had for years is gone.

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