I have mixed feelings about stores that close. On the one hand, yeah, it's sad that they couldn't stay in business. Another brick & mortar retailer falls victim to the big bad internet.
But on the other hand, I think "Why?" Why did they fail?
More often than not, it's not the internet, it's mismanagement. I know of two brick & mortar stores in southern California which, last I head, were still doing very well. My daughter shops regularly at one of them.
Someone mentioned Ritz Camera executives. Well, who was running the show before those guys came on board? Photographers? Maybe the photographers weren't getting it done, and had run it so far into the ground that it couldn't be salvaged. If that's the case, how do the guys from Ritz deserve all the blame?
Say what you will about Ritz, but every Ritz I've ever walked into has been well stocked with products across the pricing spectrum. Some employees knew their stuff, some didn't, but that's easily fixed. Their prices weren't the best, but they didn't have to be. I know plenty of people who won't shop on the internet. They want to put their cash down on the counter and walk out with their purchase. These are the people who shop at Ritz, and there are still a lot of them.
I don't have an independent camera store here in St. Augustine. If I put "camera store" into Google, it comes back with "Wal-Mart" or "Costco" in Jacksonville. I have to go to Orlando, a good 90 minutes away, if I want to go to a decent camera store. Consequently, I do the vast majority of my shopping online. But even if there was a brick & mortar store here, it would still need to be well-stocked for me to be remotely interested in visiting it. I've only lived here a short time, but my understanding is that none of the shops that used to be here were run very well.