Re: Tandy UK etc went the same way. Maplin beware, you are next!
In fairness to Maplin, unlike Tandy UK their young nerds do know their stuff. I don't need their cheerfully-proffered advice, but I hear them talking to know-nothings and it's kindly and informed. Plus they have a lot of non-displayed stuff in the basement if you ask, and can post next-day if not and if it's in their giant catalogue. Tandy started as a leather works (yes, really) and had a good run. Not their fault that components are now too tiny to solder.