Check out these staycation steals for summer

With the school year almost over, local tourism leaders are promoting a handful of deals for Palm Beach County residents looking for summer staycation.

Discover The Palm Beaches, Palm Beach County’s official tourism marketing arm, has put together a list of deals for both locals and out-of-town residents.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (photo provided)

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“Summer specials make our legendary luxury experiences an exceptional value for travelers,” said Jorge Pesquera, Discover’s president and CEO. “That makes summer one of the best times for families to discover all The Palm Beaches have to offer.”

Several area hotels are offering a free night for those who plan to stay for multiple days, according to Discover. Here’s the agency’s official list:

MORE :Tourists continue to visit Florida in record numbers

The following hotels and resorts are offering free-night promotions, with a free extra night added to a stay at regular rates. Details pertaining to each offer are as follows:

Photo credit: Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn

Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn — West Palm Beach
A part of West Palm Beach’s history for 45 years, this classic Florida hotel has hosted Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Recently renovated, it features a tropical pool and courtyard, gazebo, waterfall, and meditation garden.

Summer Drive Special: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through September 30, 2017. To book, call 561-683-8810, ext. 452.
The Brazilian Court Hotel — Palm Beach
Just steps from Worth Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean, the Brazilian Court is a historic landmark infused throughout with Roaring ’20s glamour. Guests can savor the cuisine of internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud, enjoy pampering at the world-renowned Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa, or relax by the secluded, palm-fringed pool.

One More Night: Stay two nights, and the third night is free, or stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through September 30, 2017. To book, call 561-655-7740.

The Breakers — Palm Beach

The Breakers’ Tapestry Bar. Palm Beach Post photo by Meghan McCarthy.

Ready to revel in the sunshine? Once you stay, you’ll understand. And once you start saving, you’ll want to stay longer. Founded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896, The Breakers is known for its gracious staff and seaside glamour. Amenities geared to families include a 6,100-square-foot Family Entertainment Center and interactive playground, Camp Breakers for kids ages 3-12, poolside bungalows for daytime rental, and a roster of daily activities designed for guests of all ages. While here, guests also receive complimentary daily benefits-including free daily breakfast, kids’ menu meals for ages 12 and under, unlimited golf, and more. (Applicable to guests booked at prevailing rack rates.  Not available to groups).

Stay Longer and Save More: Sixth night free when you stay six consecutive nights in a Premium Guest Room category or higher. Available May 1 – October 31, 2017 (some restrictions may apply). Use promotion code SUMMER6 to enjoy this special offer. To book, visit http://www.thebreakers.com.
The Chesterfield Palm Beach — Palm Beach

The pool at the Chesterfield (photo provided)

A striking building in the Palm Beach historical district, the luxurious four-diamond Chesterfield Palm Beach exudes old-world charm. While adults enjoy traditional English afternoon tea, children are treated to their own robes and slippers, board games, coloring books and beach toys.

3 Nights for the Price of 2: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Choose from a junior suite or master suite. Available through December 20, 2017.  To book, call 561-659-5800 or 800-243-7871.

Delray Sands Resort — Highland Beach
Nestled between Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Delray Sands combines the intimacy of a boutique hotel with resort-style amenities in an oceanfront setting. Families will appreciate the separate children’s pool and proximity to Palm Beach’s top attractions, including shopping and entertainment at Mizner Park and Delray’s Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Have an Extra Night on the Beach: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available through December 18, 2017. To book, call 866-943-0950.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa — Manalapan

Eau Spa (Provided)

At the Forbes five-star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, situated on seven acres of oceanfront with lush tropical gardens, a family concierge will help plan activities tailor-made to please all generations, including programs geared to kids and teens.

Stay More and Save: Stay three nights in an ocean view room or higher, and the fourth night is free. Available through June 30, 2018. To book, call 800-328-0170.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach — Palm Beach
Guests at this five-star, five-diamond resort situated on an expansive beach enjoy 180-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean from the family-friendly outdoor pool. A complimentary ‘Kids For All Seasons’ program includes daily activities such as sandcastle making, shell finding, nature walks, arts and crafts, music and movies.

Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through September 30, 2017. To book, call 561-582-2800.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach — West Palm Beach
Rooms at this family-friendly hotel, which is convenient to I-95 and steps from the new Palm Beach Outlets, include separate kitchen areas with full-size refrigerators and dishwashers. Guests can enjoy a heated outdoor pool and a free bike-share program.

Fourth Night Free: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through September 30, 2017. To book, call 561-472-7000, ext. 723.
Hilton Boca Raton Suites — Boca Raton
Set in a peaceful lakeside complex, Hilton Boca Raton Suites is within easy reach of some of the area’s best shopping, dining, golf and beaches. Families will enjoy the all-suites layout and outdoor heated pool.

Fourth Night Free: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Daily breakfast and complimentary cocktails during manager’s reception. Available through December 17, 2017. To book, call 561-483-3600.

Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront — Singer Island
Set on a 4-mile stretch of sandy beach, Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront is minutes from the area’s shopping, dining and recreational activities. The little ones will love the children’s pool and activity program.

Another Day in Paradise: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through September 1, 2017. To book, call 561-848-3888.

Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport — West Palm Beach
Guest rooms at the recently renovated Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport feature beach-inspired décor, spacious work areas and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Guests enjoy a fitness center, outdoor pool, and easy access to Palm Beach International Airport, just 2 miles away.

Hot Summer Special: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through September 30, 2017. To book, call 561-659-3880, ext. 7109.

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa — Jupiter
In addition to its tropical beachfront location, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is the home of two award-winning restaurants, an oceanfront pool, waterfall hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness center. Family-friendly activities range from basketball and tennis to movie nights to Sea Turtle Walks with local experts.

Jupiter Jaunt:  Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available through September 30, 2017. To book, call 877-389-0571.

PGA National Resort & Spa —Palm Beach Gardens
This AAA four-diamond resort not only holds a distinguished 28-year legacy of professional tournament play including the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship but also offers guests a spa, health and racquet club and an outstanding array of gourmet dining experiences.

Third Night Free: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available through October 13, 2017. To book, call 800-863-2819.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa — Delray Beach
This boutique hotel’s many amenities include a private country club with 18 holes of golf and nine tennis courts, and a private beach club with oceanside pool. Kids can take advantage of a variety of activities such as surf camp, movie night on the beach, and arts and crafts.

Have a Free Night in Downtown Delray Beach: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available June 1 through September 30, 2017. To book, call 877-577-3242.

Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa — Palm Beach
Between the Atlantic Ocean and palatial Palm Beach mansions, the Tideline presents oceanfront views with a contemporary twist. In guest rooms and suites, rich woods and dark plantation shutters create an exotic, tropical vibe, while resort amenities include a pool with a cascading waterfall, a spa, a fitness center and a chef-driven restaurant that opens onto the beach.

Third Night Free: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available through August 31, 2017. To book, call 561-540-6440.

Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harbourside Place — Jupiter
Edging Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterway, the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place is surrounded by distinctive dining, shopping, and entertainment. After a refreshing night’s sleep in plush, signature bedding, guests can enjoy a swim in the sparkling rooftop pool, then lounge poolside with a hand-crafted cocktail, while soaking up the views and gentle breezes.

Fourth Night Free: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available through December 23, 2017. To book, call 561-273-6600.

Airbnb sees spike in bookings during spring training season

Airbnb said Wednesday that it saw a surge in bookings in 12 Florida cities with baseball complexes, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, during this year’s spring training season.

In the area around Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium, which is the spring training home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, Airbnb said it saw a 68 percent spike in travelers between February 23 and March 31, when compared to the previous six-week period.

Final construction preparations are made before Tuesday’s opening game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 27, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

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Many of those travelers were from Missouri, the company said.

In West Palm Beach, where The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches opened this year, Airbnb said it saw a 39 percent increase in guests visiting the area during the spring training season.

The ballpark is home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, and Airbnb said it saw a significant rise in the number of travelers coming from Texas, Virginia and Maryland.

Here’s Airbnb’s breakdown of impacts across the rest of the state:

JUPITER

Home to Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 778 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 68% spike in guests compared to previous 6 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Missouri was #1 origin state to Jupiter, Florida was #2 origin state, Illinois (just across border from St. Louis) was #4 state
  • Home State Spike: 3,400% spike in Missouri guests and 53% spike in Florida guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Jupiter hosts earned $245,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Jupiter

 

WEST PALM BEACH

Home to Houston Astros and Washington Nationals

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 3,858 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 39% spike in guests compared to previous 6 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Virginia was #2 origin state to West Palm Beach, Texas was #3 origin state, Maryland was #8 origin state
  • Home State Spike: 383% spike in Virginia guests, 125% spike in Texas guests, 227% in Maryland guests, and 211% spike in Washington D.C. guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: West Palm Beach hosts earned $1.18 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 400 Airbnb hosts in West Palm Beach

 

PORT ST. LUCIE

Home to New York Mets

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 953 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 95% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: New York was #1 origin state to Port St. Lucie
  • Home State Spike: 163% spike in New York guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Port St. Lucie hosts earned $228,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Port St. Lucie

TAMPA

Home to New York Yankees

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 9,605 guest arrivals
  • Guest Origin: New York was #1 origin state to Tampa
  • Overall Spike: 32% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Home State Spike: 33% spike in New York guests compared to previous 6 week stretch
  • Host Income: Tampa hosts earned $1.53 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 800 Airbnb hosts in Tampa

 

CLEARWATER

Home to Philadelphia Phillies

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 3,447 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 62% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Pennsylvania was #1 origin state to Clearwater
  • Home State Spike: 153% spike in Pennsylvania guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Clearwater hosts earned $820,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 300 Airbnb hosts in Clearwater

 

BRADENTON

Home to Pittsburgh Pirates

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 1,694 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 45% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Pennsylvania was #1 origin state to Bradenton
  • Home State Spike: 194% spike in Pennsylvania guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Bradenton hosts earned $380,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 300 Airbnb hosts in Bradenton

 

LAKELAND

Home to Detroit Tigers

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 482 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 82% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Michigan was #1 origin state to Lakeland
  • Home State Spike: 575% spike in Michigan guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Lakeland hosts earned $79,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 70 Airbnb hosts in Lakeland

SARASOTA

Home to Baltimore Orioles

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 6,664 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 91% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Maryland was #5 origin state to Sarasota
  • Home State Spike: 247% spike in Maryland guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Sarasota hosts earned $1.86 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 700 Airbnb hosts in Sarasota

 

DUNEDIN

Home to Toronto Blue Jays

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 800 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 105% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Ontario was #1 origin state/province (American or Canadian) to Dunedin
  • Home State Spike: 1,860% spike in Ontario guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Dunedin hosts earned $263,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Dunedin

 

FORT MYERS

Home to Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 2,485 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 67% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Minnesota was #1 origin state to Fort Myers, Massachusetts was #6 origin state
  • Home State Spike: 113% spike in Minnesota guests and 109% spike in Massachusetts guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Fort Myers hosts earned $566,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 400 Airbnb hosts in Fort Myers

 

PORT CHARLOTTE

Home to Tampa Rays

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 382 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 78% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Florida was #1 origin state to Port Charlotte
  • Home State Spike: 79% spike in Florida guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Port Charlotte hosts earned $138,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Port Charlotte

 

 

 

KISSIMMEE

Home to Atlanta Braves

 

During Spring Training:

  • Airbnb Guests: 37,447 guest arrivals
  • Overall Spike: 46% spike in guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Guest Origin: Georgia was #1 origin state to Kissimmee
  • Home State Spike: 148% spike in Georgia guests compared to previous 5 week stretch
  • Host Income: Kissimmee hosts earned $5.25 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes
  • Active Hosts: About 2,200 Airbnb hosts in Kissimmee

 

 

As countywide numbers fall, this local hotel sees surge in international travelers

Although the number of international tourists who traveled to Palm Beach County fell by 4.5 percent in 2016, one local hotel says its has seen a recent surge in the number of bookings from guests living outside of the country.

During the first three months of the year, the Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn located across the street from the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach welcomed guests from across the world — some living as far away as New Zealand, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Roughly 15 percent of the inn’s bookings between January and March were made by travelers living outside of the United States, according to the hotel.

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Rick Netzel, the inn’s director of sales and marketing, said he started noticing an uptick in the number of international travelers staying at the hotel during the last quarter of 2016. He attributes the rise to the inn’s location across the street from the outlet mall, rising room rates in the county and Best Western’s name recognition across the world.

“The outlets, that was a game changer,” Netzel said.

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Palm Beach Outlets opened in 2014, replacing the 45-year-old Palm Beach Mall, which had become a sign of blight along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Interstate 95. During its first six months of operation, the outdoor shopping mall drew roughly 4 million visitors, mall officials have said.

Shopping ranks among the top activities for tourists who come to Palm Beach County. A 2012 tourism study found 30 percent of tourists said shopping was one of the reasons for their visit.

According to Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing arm, 739,000 international tourists visited the county last year, down from 774,000 in 2015.

Despite the drop, the county welcomed a record-breaking 7.35 million visitors in 2016, an increase of 5.8 percent over the previous year. The jump was driven largely by an increase in domestic travelers, Discover said.

Wawa in Palm Beach County: 3 stores open next week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, will open three stores on Thursday, marking its first push into the South Florida market.

The chain, which is headquartered in Wawa, Pa, has earned a reputation for serving up hot coffee and tasty sandwiches along with its gas sales.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

In Palm Beach County, die-hard fans will be treated to giveaways, discounts and deals as part of the triple-header grand opening celebration.

RELATED: City commissioner: Wawa wants to open in Boynton Beach

Wawa is opening two locations in Palm Springs and one in Riviera Beach on Thursday.  All doors open at 8 a.m.

Here is the ribbon cutting schedule:

9 a.m.

3950 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

12:30 p.m.

1771 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

3 p.m.

7289 Garden Road, Riviera Beach

All three locations will be serving up free coffee for 10 days following the opening. The first 100 customers at the 3950 S. Congress Ave. location will receive special giveaway items.

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Wawa announced in 2015 that it planned to open dozens of stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Wawa opened its first Florida location outside of SeaWorld in Orlando in 2012.

This local eatery now serving up items at PBIA

Paneterie, a European bakery and cafe with locations in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, is now offering “grab and go” items at Palm Beach International Airport.

photo provided

A number of sandwiches, salads, snack boxes and sweet treats, are available at the Flagler Gourmet Market, which is located in Concourse B.

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Palm Beach County Airports Director Bruce Pelly said passengers are looking for fresh and local food options, adding that all airport eateries are required to offer “street pricing.”

The Flagler Gourmet Market is run by the Paradies Shops, the Atlanta-based company that operates the stores at the airport.

 

These stores are set to open at the Mall at Wellington Green

Three new stores — Francesca’s, Apricot Lane and Windsor Fashions — are coming to The Mall at Wellington Green, officials announced Tuesday.

Francesca’s, a women’s accessories and clothing boutique, has opened in the mall’s upper level near Paragon Theaters.

The two other stores are set to open in late spring, the mall said.

Apricot Lane, also a boutique store, features contemporary fashion for shoppers from teens to adults. It will be located on the upper level next to Chico’s.

Windsor Fashions offers timeless designs for young women. Windsor will be located on the upper level near Paragon Theaters.

120-room hotel planned on PBIA grounds

Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a proposal to build a 120-room hotel on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Airport.

Under the proposal, the hotel’s developer CVH PBIA, LLC would lease roughly 3 acre of land from the airport for a 50-year period. The company would be required to pay the airport an annual rent of $156,816 or 3.5 percent of the hotel’s revenues — whichever is greater.

The plan calls for a Home 2 Suites by Hilton — a limited service, all-suite hotel — to be built on the property. The site is located at the northeast corner of the airport’s grounds.

 

St. Patrick’s Day spending expected to hit record level

American shoppers will spend a record-breaking $5.3 billion on St. Patrick’s Day supplies and items this year, up 20 percent over 2016’s level, according to the National Retail Federation.

More than 139 million Americans plan to celebrate the Irish holiday, spending an average of $37.92 per person, up from last year’s $35.37, the federation said.

Parade participants toss beads to the thousands packed along Atlantic Avenue for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 15, 2014. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

“Now that winter is almost behind us and with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday, we will see more Americans getting together to celebrate with friends and family,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers should expect a nice boost in sales as consumers purchase apparel, decorations, food and beverages to help make their celebrations special.”

The holiday is most popular among individuals between the ages of 18 and 24, but those between 25 and 34 years old will be the biggest spenders at an average $46.55.

Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a major holiday, the Florida Retail Federation said it expected the state’s retailers to see a jump in sales this year.

“We continue to see spending on holidays and celebrations reaching or exceeding record highs, which reinforces the strength of our economy and the confidence that consumers feel,” said Scott Shalley, President & CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t one of the bigger spending holidays, we still expect Florida retailers to see a nice bump in sales, particularly those who offer additional discounts and sales to attract customers.”

Need a job? This company is hiring in Palm Beach Gardens

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants,  a wine bar and “upscale casual” restaurant, plans to hire nearly 200 workers to staff its soon-to-open location in Palm Beach Gardens.

The company plans to open its first Palm Beach County location in April at The Gardens Mall on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.  Cooper’s Hawk said it needs to fill 196 new jobs before the doors open.  Positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants.

Cooper’s Hawk, a winery and restaurant, will open in the second floor of The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, by the end of March 2017. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

To fill the openings, Cooper’s Hawk is holding a hiring fair on Monday and Tuesday (March 13 & 14). The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., will take place at the chain’s Palm Beach Gardens location inside The Gardens Mall (3101 PGA Boulevard).

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the growing job base in Palm Beach County,” said Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk. “We are currently looking to staff team members with a passion for wine, food and first-class hospitality and look forward to meeting and working with many great members of the community.”

The Palm Beach Gardens restaurant will become the chains 8th Florida location.

Interested candidates who are unable to attend the hiring event may also apply online by visiting apply at chwinery.com.

RadioShack files for bankruptcy again; plans to close 200 stores

RadioShack announced this week that it has filed for bankruptcy again and plans to close 200 of its 1,500 stores across the country.

The company, which emerged from bankruptcy nearly two years ago, said it is “evaluating options on the remaining 1,300” stores.

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County

Founded in 1921, RadioShack is owned today by General Wireless Operations Inc., which acquired the storied brand in April 2015.

RadioShack has 6 locations in Palm Beach County.

“For nearly 100 years, RadioShack has proudly served local communities across the United States, offering consumers unique, high-quality products at a great value,” said Dene Rogers, RadioShack’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the course of the past two years, our talented, dedicated team has worked relentlessly in an effort to revitalize the Company and the RadioShack brand, while providing outstanding service to our customers.”

Rogers pointed to sluggish sales in Wednesday’s bankruptcy announcement.

“For a number of reasons, most notably the surprisingly poor performance of mobility sales, especially over recent months, we have concluded that the Chapter 11 process represents the best path forward for the Company,” he said.  “We will continue to work with our advisors and stakeholders to preserve as many jobs as possible while maximizing value for our creditors.”

RadioShack is the latest in a series of retailers to announce store closings amid a surge in online buying.

Hhgregg, JCPenney, Macy’s and Family Christian, BCBG Maxazria, and American Apparel have all announced closures in recent weeks.