Gateway announced today that it will close all of its remaining retail stores on April 9, ending an expensive and difficult experiment for a company that has been struggling to find a profitable business plan.

Gateway completed its acquisition of eMachines last month. One reason for the store closings: the retailers carrying eMachines might have objected to competing with Gateway stores and could have retaliated by dropping the eMachine line. Here’s an article about the decision to close the stores.

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