*"...Their sales staff would ask about your project and be able to suggest the part combination to solve your problem. The latter day "tech-sperts" could tell you which lightening or micro USB cable plugs into your phone..."*
Sounds like Maplins in the UK.
[Were their prices also double what you'd pay anywhere else. So you'd only go there if you really, really, really needed the part RIGHT NOW"?]
If so, the resemblance becomes uncanny.
[EDIT: Whoops! Sorry! –I usually read the entire comment thread before posting. But I was in a bit of a rush. Seems I've just repeated what everyone else who got in before me said].