RadioShack is a 94-year-old electronics chain that once spawned a generation of tinkerers and do-it-yourselfers. These proto-geeks knew they could travel a few miles to find a treasure trove of electronics parts and tools that they could fashion into their own creations.

Now that RadioShack has been rescued from bankruptcy by Standard General, a hedge fund, the plan calls for it to operate as a sort of high-tech 7-Eleven, selling chargers, batteries and other immediate gratification gizmos in a much smaller number of stores. Sprint will be a part of the store’s offering.