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Jaire Quezada, 30, said she visited a Sears on Houston's Main St. to retrieve a fitness ball she had ordered online. The once palatial art deco department store, which preservationists said was the first in Texas with escalators when it opened in 1929, had had its display windows bricked over.
"I bet half of Houston does not even realize it is still open," Ms. Quezada recalled.
Halley Blythe, 25, said she visited a grand old Sears in Oakland in search of a vacuum cleaner and had a hard time finding a sales associate—or anyone else for that matter.
"We could have played Frisbee in there," she said. A security guard eventually apologized, and an associate arrived 20 minutes later, she said, adding, "This was a Saturday afternoon."
They also had that Auto Service Garage shop, Dental service, optomologists and professional photogrpahy studios, that was adjacent to their anchor stores. A very strange business model that Sears has had. I'd call it a bit more utilitarian version of Target, sans the groceries.
What exactly is Sears supposed to be?
hat exactly is Sears supposed to be?
As a child I was always afraid of being in Sears with my parents, because if I wandered off I might get kidnapped like Adam Walsh did in 1981
i've bought a few appliances from sears in recent years, because kenmore offered rebranded, cheaper versions of what i planned on buying otherwise. that's pretty much the only reason i'd go there - but it's been a good reason.
Do you think your dad would make a good TV host?
They're going to start selling Dickies at Citifield?
possibly even the Atari we had.
I remember thinking that about 8 years ago, about a pocket radio. "Isn't it a good idea to have a portable radio? Why is my only radio the one in the car? I like listening to the radio." Sears was the obvious place to go.
Do Craftsman tools still have a lifetime warranty?
AM radio is alive and well
I am pretty certain MP3 players and ipods are driving the changes. People still want to listen to a ballgame but an ipod can't do AM.
Years ago they also had a Montgomery Ward too.
More and more stores are closing (even ones like mine that were profitable and perfectly good, we were one of the top stores in the area) and there doesn't seem to be any real interest from the top execs in turning the company around, they're just looking to squeeze every dollar out of it till the end.
I thought the same hedge fund manager that bought KMart then used KMart to buy Sears and is basically using the asset to pump cash into his other ventures.
Jeffrey Loria got rich selecting the artwork endorsed by Vincent Price and sold through Sears. I doubt any entity that helped Jeffry Loria get rich is still rich today.
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