Specialty Consumer Electronics Retail Legend Saul Robbins has Passed Away
It’s with heavy hearts that Dealerscope reports the passing of consumer electronics specialty retail industry legend Saul Robbins. Robbins, founder of HiFi House in the Philadelphia area, was surrounded by his whole family before slipping into eternal life on Friday morning after a brief illness.
Saul Robbins, the father of HTSA Executive Director Jon Robbins, left his job in the trucking industry in 1955 to start selling stereophonic electronic components in the back of his father-in-law’s haberdashery in Wayne, Pennsylvania—a northwestern suburb of Philadelphia. That business eventually blossomed into a 13-store consumer electronics retail empire in Southeastern PA, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.
HiFi House had little competition at the time of its founding because it was at the forefront of an industry that didn’t exist before entrepreneurs and consumer tech enthusiasts like Saul literally built it from the ground up.