Attention reporters: Would you please stop blaming Circuit City's failure on the credit crunch? Circuit City's problems go back for many years, starting with the fact that shopping there is unpleasant and frankly there are more Best Buy stores in convenient locations. Ditto for CompUSA. They went belly up not because of the economy but because PCs are a commodity and boxed software is no longer a big seller.
If I want to browse the widest possible selection of stuff, Fry's is right around the corner. I'd rather deal with Fry's because their black-tied, white short-sleeved shirt employees don't get in your face every five seconds. I'd never even consider Circuit City.
Remember the mad dash to erect mega home improvement and sporting good stores during the 1990s? A couple of big chains went under. Builders Square was one of them. Sports Authority is still around, but I question their viability... the one near my house has always been a ghost town and I have never figured out how they can keep the doors open.
Even in a perfect economy we are over-retailed. That's the real problem.