Its amazed me that the more electronics has become a fabric of our culture, the less stores are commonly available.
I don't think it is all that surprising. Once upon a time (decades ago now) an understanding of electronics down to component level was not all that difficult to achieve. Now? With many components having an awful lot of legs things have become much harder; add to that the challenges of surface - mount and DIY electronics has ceased to be a subject that is readily accessible to many (most?) people.
Shame, really, but I suspect that it is a downside of progress.