Ultimate Electronics

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Ultimate Electronics
DefunctApril 15, 2011
HeadquartersThornton, Colorado, USA
Key people
Mark Wattles
ProductsConsumer electronics

Ultimate Electronics was a chain of consumer electronics stores[1] which filed for bankruptcy twice after 2006, liquidating and ceasing operations in 2011.[2][3][4] At its peak, the store operated in Arizona, Colorado (where it originated as Pearse Electronics), Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wisconsin. It was originally incorporated in the state of Delaware with principal offices in Thornton, Colorado. Stores originally operated under other various names, including SoundTrack Colorado and Audio King Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.[5]

Ultimate began a large expansion campaign in 2000 and by 2004 the company had doubled its store count to 64, leading to the company filing for bankruptcy.

Hollywood Video founder and then–CEO Mark Wattles acquired 32 stores in the ensuing bankruptcy auction; the remaining half were closed.[6] Ultimate Electronics was then a privately owned company operated by Ultimate Acquisition Partners, L.P. Ultimate Acquisition Partners, L.P was a division of Wattles Capital Management, LLC.[7] Wattles Capital Management owned 71% of Ultimate Electronics, while Hewlett-Packard Co. owned 25%.[8] The other 4% was owned by Private Venture Capital Firms.

In November 2010, Ultimate Electronics opened a store in Tigard, Oregon.[9] It was the only Ultimate Electronics store on the West Coast, though Wattles had hoped to open 14 more in Salem, Oregon, and the Portland metro area.[citation needed]

As of January 27, 2011, the new company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, ultimately choosing to liquidate, converting it into Chapter 7.[10] According to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, the company listed both assets and debt in the range of $100 million to $500 million. Among the largest unsecured creditors were Video Products Distributors (owed $6.1 million); Valassis Communications ($5.6 million); New Age Electronics/SYNNEX ($5.5 million); and Sony Electronics, ($4.8 million). Secured lender GE Capital was owed $64.8 million.[11]


  1. ^ "Ultimate Electronics, Inc". eNotes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ Doug Beghtel/The Oregonian (2011-02-11). "Ultimate Electronics begins liquidating". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  3. ^ Raabe, Steve. "Ultimate Electronics files for bankruptcy". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  4. ^ Kansas City Business Journal (2005-01-12). "Ultimate Electronics files for bankruptcy - Kansas City Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  5. ^ "History of Ultimate Electronics, Inc. – FundingUniverse".
  6. ^ "Home". auctioncog.com.
  7. ^ "Wattles Capital Managment » About Us". www.wattlescapitalmanagement.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008.
  8. ^ Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian (2011-02-07). "Ultimate Electronics looks to close its 46 stores, including new Tigard location". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  9. ^ Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian (2010-11-18). "Mark Wattles back with Ultimate Electronics in Tigard". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
  10. ^ Ultimate Electronics asks court to hold going-out-of-business sale, last visited 08 Feb 2011
  11. ^ McCarty, Dawn (2011-01-27). "Ultimate Electronics Files for Chapter 11 Protection". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-05-27.

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