Well, it had a good run, but CompUSA was bought by a private equity firm that intends to shut it down. I don't understand how that works exactly. Usually a PE company buys something to get a return on it. How do you do that by shutting it down?
I have a few good memories here and there of the company. I worked there before my first full-time radio gig, and after I lost that gig. I was there for the Windows 95 launch. My total time there, counting the break, was barely a year, but it wasn't horrible. Stephanie worked there for I think a year and a half when she started grad school.
When I got laid-off in 2001, we actually bought the Xbox and Gamecube there. My first Pentium-based PC came from there, as well as my first decent printer.
Perhaps the only thing I really feel bad about is that Al, the GM that Steph and I both worked for at various points, is out of a job after at least 12 years or so. He was kind of a grumpy bastard, but at the same time someone you liked working for.
The company made a lot of really catastrophically bad decisions. They had a corporate direct sales division, with reps in every store, and they just shut it down one day even though it was making an assload of money for most stores. (Sidebar: The dudes at my store thought they were better than us floor monkeys, but the truth is that we still made more money than them, and did more volume.)