#tmobile retail stores
T-Mobile retail stores are starting to close
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what will happen to our T-Mobile contracts, and the overall U.S. wireless market when the AT T/T-Mobile deal is approved. But we’ve neglected to talk about what happens to the thousands of T-Mobile retailers and their employees. Apparently, many independent T-Mobile retailers are already throwing in the towel in anticipation of the acquisition.
One such retailer is Kirk Brundage, who owned 8 T-Mobile locations in Idaho and Utah. After he heard about the deal, he decided to sell his locations to an unnamed competitor, rather than wait for the hammer to drop. Brundage explains that there was “little hope for a dealer of [his] size” .
This sentiment is rightly shared by many T-Mobile retail owners. AT T has already promised to ‘rationalize’ their retail chains in order to make the acquisition more efficient. Combined, the two carriers have 9,200 retail locations, and given the waning performance of physical retail locations, that’s way too many. Forty-one percent of AT T stores are within one mile of a T-Mobile store. And those T-Mobile stores will probably be seen as redundant.
Even if retailers aren’t cutting stores, they are at least shelving their expansion plans for the time being. Unfortunately, those retailers aren’t allowed to discuss retail plans with AT T, while the deal is still being reviewed. That adds particular uncertainty to the smaller retail owners, that will likely be overlooked by the Ma Bell giant.
1. companyies suck! (unregistered) posted on 23 Jun 2011, 10:08 +3
this is a s**t sandwich no matter how you slice it! big company after big company gobbling up smaller ones. apple seeking patents to crush out competition and innovation so it can remain the dominate player. its all companies. sending jobs overseas, and expecting us to support them back home! pure evil. what will happen when we finally make wages on par with china? when we can no longer afford to buy the foreign made goods that these evil behemoths try to sell us? when we no longer innovate, and just graze on the land and food that they give us! boy i am scared! sheesh!
10. ibapposted on 23 Jun 2011, 12:52 +1
Another example of why I prefer phones with physical keyboards. I’m being kind in attributing the form of your comment to the lack of a keyboard, rather than a lack of knowledge in spelling and grammar.
Dominant is the word you wanted. The contraction for “it is” is written “it’s” with an apostrophe. The word is “companies” – no “y”.
No one is making you buy their products. But perhaps you should comment from a PC with a spelling and grammar checker.
2. antbed32 (unregistered) posted on 23 Jun 2011, 10:26 +0
Well well well. i work at t-mobile and dey announced tht we were closing in less than a month at the meridian, ms location along with one of the stores in jackson, ms, and, one of the stores in Louisiana. Soooooo. coincidence or no?
3. nylesagreat (unregistered) posted on 23 Jun 2011, 10:46 +1
This is great now att and tmobile have more customers which means cheaper deals
Why u guys complaining??
4. remixfaposted on 23 Jun 2011, 10:54 +1
ATT and VZW are already the biggest carriers by far. A bigger company does not mean a cheaper deal. They actually have LESS incentive to give you a great deal because there is less choices for you out there. When the most expencive carrier with the worst customer service buys the cheapest carrier with award winning service, thats only going to be a net “bad” for the industry, no matter how much ATT says they will improve.
Just wanted to point out in the article, Tmobile stores wont be the only ones shut down. ATT will shut down their stores as well. Why? Its going to come down to which one of those stores that are near eachother are in a prime location. If the Tmo store is in a better spot (or is bigger) it will probably be the one to stay and vice versa. Employees from both companies will be losing jobs in droves as they start shrinking out the work force.
19. anono (unregistered) posted on 24 Jun 2011, 10:25 +0
More T-mobile than ATT. ATT is union. Then, of course, management is fair game.
13. DV (unregistered) posted on 23 Jun 2011, 15:31 +0
I hope this is saracsm! If not you are completely delusional! Take a look at the industry for a moment. For one it is arguably the most overpriced commodity with 3 and a half national players. The companies with the most share of the market today do not offer the best deals. The competition is already minimal at best, price is all within reach of eachother and I am still wondering if you are serious how on god’s green earth you can support that comment.
5. The_Mizposted on 23 Jun 2011, 10:59 +2
The deal isn’t even finalized yet, and there’s no damn way the gov’t can approve this. Course, with the idiotic Democrats running with Obamanation, I am not surprised if it does happen. R.I.P. wireless industry
8. The Rooster (unregistered) posted on 23 Jun 2011, 11:33 +1
That comment is. AWESOME.