The phone message at the store says it closed due to “unfortunate circumstances.”
Cell-U-Byte, now formerly located at 1531 4th Street SW (pictured), was a popular, family-owned cell phone store associated with US Cellular where you could buy a phone, have it serviced, or get on a calling plan.
NIT received several emails from now former Cell-U-Byte customers asking what happened to the store, why it closed.
“Have been a customer of cell u byte for a long time, went their today and the building is empty. What happened to it?” one email said.
The reason the store closed is not clear; attempts to reach the former owner, Mike Bergan, were not immediately successful.
Candy Rowe, a US Cellular Agent Manager out of Cedar Rapids, told NIT that she could not disclose why the store closed. She said the store closed for “various reasons. It was a decision that was made. I can’t disclose why.” She said that Ceull-U-Byte was a privately-run store, versus other stores which are company-run.
Rowe said that the company is directing all its local US Cellular customers to a company-owned store located at 402 Indianhead Drive in Mason City. “That’s where we are directing the customers. We are looking to possibly expand and improve that location in the near future.”