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Encyclopedia > Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Type Subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation
Founded 1886 (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Headquarters Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA
Industry Retail
Products Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, appliances, housewares, tools, and electronics.
Revenue $23.6 Billion
Website sears.com

Sears, Roebuck and Co. (sometimes known only as Sears, or Sears and Roebuck among older Americans and Southerners)[citation needed] is an American mid-range chain of international department stores, founded by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck in the late 19th century. It operates in Canada under Sears Canada and Mexico under Sears Mexico. From its mail order beginnings, the company grew to become the largest retailer in the United States by the mid-20th century, and its catalogs became famous. Competition and changes in the demographics of its customer base challenged the company after World War II as its rural and inner city strongholds shrank and the suburban markets grew. Eventually its catalog program was largely discontinued. Sears merged with Kmart in early 2005, creating the Sears Holdings Corporation. Image File history File links Sears_Logo. ... Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the fourth largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, and Kroger. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Hoffman Estates is a village located primarily in Cook County and a small section in Kane County, Illinois. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The interior of a typical Macy*s department store. ... For the American tennis player, see Richard Sears (tennis player). ... Alvah Curtis Roebuck (born January 9, 1864 in Lafayette, Indiana - June 18, 1948) was co-founder of Sears, Roebuck and Co. ... Sears Canada Inc. ... Sears México () is a department store chain located in Mexico, operating more than 55 stores all over Mexico. ... Mail order is a term which describes the buying of goods or services by mail delivery. ... Retail redirects here. ... For the Australian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ... Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the fourth largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, and Kroger. ...


The largest Sears store in the world, operated by Sears Canada, is 817,850 square feet (75,981 m²), in the Toronto Eaton Centre. The largest American store is located near the Sears headquarters at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It has 416,000 square feet (38,600 m²) of retail space. The second largest Sears store in the USA is located at the Livonia Mall in Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The Toronto Eaton Centre is a large shopping mall and office complex in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada, named after the now-defunct Eatons department store chain. ... Woodfield Mall is a shopping mall located in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois at the intersection of Golf Road and Illinois Route 53. ... Coordinates: , Incorporated March 7, 1956 Government  - Village President Al Larson Area  - Village 49. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Livonia Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, United States. ... Livonia is a city located in the northwest part of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor...

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History

In 1886, the United States contained only thirty-eight states. Many people lived in rural areas and relied on agriculture. For many Americans, a single general store was their source of supplies. Merchandise went through many wholesalers on the way to the retail outlet, not an inexpensive method of handling. Many general stores received their shipments of merchandise through the growing network of railroads. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 3072 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 3072 pixel, file size: 2. ... The Sears Merchandise Building Tower is a building that was used by Sears as a retail office building. ... Smiths Gully General Store in Smiths Gully, Australia. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ...


Richard Sears and a shipment of watches

Richard Sears was a railroad station agent in North Redwood, Minnesota when he received a nice shipment of watches from a Chicago jeweler which were unwanted by a local jeweler. Sears purchased them himself, sold the watches at a nice profit to other station agents up and down the line, and then ordered more for resale. Soon he started a business selling watches through mail order catalogs. The next year, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he met Alvah C. Roebuck, who joined him in the business. In 1893, the corporate business name became Sears, Roebuck and Co. Redwood Falls is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. ... Mail order is a term which describes the buying of goods or services by mail delivery. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Alvah Curtis Roebuck (1864-1948) born: 9 January 1864 in Lafayette, Indiana died: 18 June 1948 Alvah Roebuck began work as a watchmaker in a Hammond, Indiana jewelry store at age 22. ...


Competing with general stores through mail order catalog

Richard Sears knew that farmers often brought their crops to town, where they could be sold and shipped. Before the Sears catalog, farmers typically bought supplies (often at very high prices) from local general stores. Sears took advantage of this by publishing his catalog with clearly stated prices, so that consumers could know what he was selling and at what price, and order and obtain them conveniently. The catalog business grew quickly. By 1894, the Sears catalog had grown to 322 pages, featuring sewing machines, bicycles, sporting goods, automobiles (produced from 1905-1915 by Lincoln Motor Car Works of Chicago)[1] and a host of other new items. Smiths Gully General Store in Smiths Gully, Australia. ... Elias Howes lockstitch machine, invented 1845 A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread. ... For other uses, see Bicycle (disambiguation). ... Sports equipment includes any object used for sport or exercise. ... Car redirects here. ...


Organizing the company so it could handle orders on an economical and efficient basis, Chicago clothing manufacturer Julius Rosenwald became a part-owner in 1895. Alvah Roebuck had to resign soon after due to ill-health, but the company still retained his name. By the following year, dolls, refrigerators, stoves and groceries had been added to the catalog. Julius Rosenwald Julius Rosenwald (born August 12, 1862 in Springfield, Illinois - January 6, 1932) was a U.S. manufacturer, business executive, and philanthropist. ... For other uses, see Doll (disambiguation). ... Fridge redirects here. ... A stove is a heat-producing device. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ...


Sears, Roebuck and Co. soon developed a reputation for both quality products and customer satisfaction. By 1895, the company was producing a 532-page catalog with the largest variety of items that anybody back then could have thought of. “In 1893, the sales topped 400,000 dollars. Two years later they exceeded 750,000 dollars.”


In 1906 Sears opened its catalog plant which included the original Sears Tower pictured on this page.[2]


Sears catalog homes

Main article: Sears Catalog Home

People had learned to trust Sears for other products bought mail-order, and thus, sight unseen. This laid important groundwork for supplying a home, possibly the largest single purchase a typical family would ever make. In 1908, the company began offering entire houses as kits, marketed as Sears Modern Homes, and by the time the program ended in 1940, over 100,000 had been sold[3]. Advertisement for Modern Home No. ... A popular model was #115 Sears Catalog Homes (sold as Sears Modern Homes) were ready-to-assemble houses which were sold through mail order by Sears Roebuck and Company, a United States retailer. ...


Retail stores

An older Sears exterior with a newer sign.
An older Sears exterior with a newer sign.
The exterior of a typical Sears department store.
The exterior of a typical Sears department store.
The Sears at the former Westwood Mall in Houston, Texas
The Sears at the former Westwood Mall in Houston, Texas

The first Sears retail store opened in Chicago on February 2, 1925 in the Merchandise building (in a portion of the company's headquarters at Homan Avenue and Arthington Street). This store included an optical shop and a soda fountain.[4] The first freestanding retail store opened October 5, 1925 in Evansville, Indiana.[5] During the summer of 1928 three more Chicago department stores opened, one on the north side at Lawrence and Winchester, a second on the south side at 79th and Kenwood, and the third at 62nd and Western. In 1929 Sears took over the department store business of Becker-Ryan Company. In 1933 Sears tore down the old Becker-Ryan Company store in Englewood, and built the first windowless department store, inspired by the 1932 Chicago World's Fair. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2114 KB) Sears Hawthorn Centre I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 2114 KB) Sears Hawthorn Centre I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Sears_store. ... Image File history File links Sears_store. ... Sears Holdings Corporation NASDAQ: SHLD is the third largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart and The Home Depot. ... Westwood Mall is located in the Westwood business development in Houston, Texas. ... Houston redirects here. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 5th October (Serbia). ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , Country State County Vanderburgh Townships Center, German, Knight, Perry, Pigeon Government  - Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel (D) Area  - City 40. ...


The Sears, Roebuck catalog was sometimes referred to as "the Consumers' Bible". The Christmas Catalog was known as the "Wish Book", perhaps because of the toys in it. The catalog also entered the language, particularly of rural dwellers, as a euphemism for toilet paper. In the days of outhouses and no readily available toilet paper, the pages of the mass-mailed catalog were used as toilet paper.[citation needed] Outhouse near Crabapple Lake, Washington, United States, with wafer board walls, and a fiberglass ceiling An outhouse, (also known as a privy, kybo, jakes or earth-closet) usually refers to a type of toilet in a small structure separate from the main building which does not have a flush or...


After World War II, the company built many department stores in suburban shopping malls. The company was the largest retailer in the United States until the early 1980s but had dropped significantly in rankings by the time it merged with Kmart. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see pedestrian street or promenade. ...


The highest grossing Sears store in the World is located in Puerto Rico.[citation needed]


Store brands, diversified services, Allstate, and Discover

Sears diversified and became a conglomerate during the mid-20th century. It established several major brands of products such as Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard, Silvertone (electronics) and Toughskins. The company started the Allstate Insurance Company back in 1931, and had representatives operating in its stores as early as 1934. It purchased Dean Witter and Coldwell Banker real estate in 1981, and started what became Prodigy as a joint venture with IBM in 1984. It also introduced the Discover credit card in 1985. As late as 1993, the Discover card was the only accepted credit card at many Sears retail locations. Conglomerate is the term used to describe a large company which consists of divisions of often seemingly unrelated businesses. ... Kenmore may refer to: Kenmore, Scotland. ... Craftsman is a line of tools and lawn and garden equipment, owned by KCD IP, LLC (Kenmore Craftsman DieHard Intellectual Property, Limited Liability Company). ... Diehard is a premium brand of automotive battery marketed by Sears Holdings Corporation. ... The Allstate Corporation NYSE: ALL is the largest publicly held personal lines insurer in the United States. ... Dean Witter Reynolds was an American stock brokerage catering to the middle class. ... Coldwell Banker is a large real estate franchise owned by Cendant, which also owns Century 21 Real Estate and ERA Real Estate. ... Prodigy Communications Corporation (Prodigy Services Corp. ... For other uses, see IBM (disambiguation) and Big Blue. ... Discover Network acceptance mark Discover Card is one of the four major credit card brands issued primarily in the United States, with over 50 million cardholders. ...


Alvah Roebuck returned to the organization during the Great Depression, and worked as a spokesperson until his death in 1948. Part of the reason Roebuck left Sears in 1895 was due to the stress the business placed upon him, and he later took some delight in pointing out his longevity versus the much shorter life of Richard Sears. In the 1970s, the name "Roebuck" was dropped from the trade name of the stores, though not from the official corporate name. For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reaching new heights

Sears made history in 1974 when it completed the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago. The tower became the world's tallest building upon its completion, a title it held until the completion of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur in 1996. By 1993, however, Sears left and subsequently sold the tower, moving to Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Sears still owns the naming rights to the building. The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... For many millennia the record holder for worlds tallest structure was clearly defined (see table below. ... The Petronas Towers The Petronas Towers (also known as the Petronas Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (, ), were once the worlds tallest buildings when measured from the level of the main entrance to the structural or architectural top. ... Nickname: Motto: Maju dan makmur (English: Progress and Prosper) Location in Malaysia Coordinates: , Country State Establishment 1857 Granted city status 1974 Government  - Mayor (Datuk Bandar) Datuk Abdul Hakim Borhan From 14 December 2006 Area  - Total 243. ... Hoffman Estates is a village located primarily in Cook County and a small section in Kane County, Illinois. ...


Logo

The Sears logo currently used on most store signage was created in 1984. Previously, the Sears logo consisted of the name "Sears" in a rectangle. Now it consists of the blue text, Sears, with a white line separating each letter down along the length of its strokes. In late 2004, the logo was switched from all upper case to mixed case for catalogs and other marketing methods.

Sears logo, 1970s

Sears (legal name: Sears, Roebuck and Co. -- not Sears, Roebuck and Company as is often mistakenly written) formerly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker of "S", which is now used by the Sprint Nextel Corporation. Sears, Roebuck and Co. is also a former Dow Jones Industrial Average component, listed from January 22, 1924 to October 29, 1999. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), nicknamed the Big Board, is a New York City-based stock exchange. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Linear graph of the DJIA from 1901 until today Logarithmic graph of the DJIA from 1901 until today The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE: DJI, also called the DJIA, Dow 30, or informally the Dow Jones or The Dow) is one of several stock market indices created by nineteenth-century... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...

The original Sears logo that was used from 1970 to 2004. It is still used at many Sears locations. An updated version of this logo has the word, "Sears" done in lowercase letters and has a curved red line.
The original Sears logo that was used from 1970 to 2004. It is still used at many Sears locations. An updated version of this logo has the word, "Sears" done in lowercase letters and has a curved red line.

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Advertising slogans

  • Where America Shops For Value (1970s)
  • You Can Count On Sears (19?? -1983)
  • There's More For Your Life..at Sears (1983–1987)
  • Your Money's Worth and a Whole Lot More (1987–1990)
  • Your Money's Worth..and More (1990–1991)
  • Sears: You Can Count on Me! (1991–1995)
  • Come See the Softer Side of Sears (1995–1999)
  • The Good Life at a Great Price. Guaranteed. (1999-2001)
  • Sears: Where Else? (2001–2003)
  • Good Life. Great Price. (2003-2007)
  • Sears: Where It Begins (2007–Present)[6]

1981-2005

In the 1980s and 1990s, the company divested itself of many non-retail entities, which were creating a burden on the company's bottom line.


In 1993, Sears stopped production of its general merchandise catalog because of sinking sales and profits. However, Sears Holdings does continue to produce specialty catalogs and the Holiday Wish Book.


In 2003, Sears sold its retail credit card operation to Citibank. The remaining card operations were sold to JPMorgan Chase & Co. in August, 2005. Citibank is a major international bank, founded in 1812 as the City Bank of New York. ... JPMorgan Chase & Co. ...


In the early 1980s, Sears ceased selling shotguns, which had previously been sold primarily under their internal J C Higgins sporting brand from 1908 until 1961, and this alienated them from some of their historical core of rural, working-class consumers.[citation needed] J.C. Higgins Model 20 - 12 Gauge Shotgun - Originally sold by Sears From 1908 until 1961 Sears, Roebuck & Company sold a wide variety of sporting goods, including rifles and shotguns, under the brand name J. C. Higgins. ...


In the late 1990s, the company's market share in many areas deteriorated as Wal-Mart drew away working-class consumers, and Federated Department Stores attracted wealthier consumers. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Federated Department Stores, Inc. ...


In 2005, Sears began adopting certain tactics used by competitors. In October 2005, they imposed a restocking fee of 15% on many of the stores items over $150 and on home-delivered merchandise.


Sears Grand prototype

In 2003, Sears opened a new concept store branded Sears Grand. Sears Grand stores carry everything that a regular Sears carries, plus health and beauty, toys, baby care, cleaning supplies, home decor, pet food, cards and party supplies, books, magazines, electronics, music, movies, and an edited assortment of groceries. Sears Grand stores are about 175,000 to 225,000 square feet (16,300 to 19,500 m²). The first Sears Grand store (and still the largest at 225,000 square ft) opened at Jordan Landing in West Jordan, Utah in 2003. In 2005, the company began renovating some Kmart stores and converting them to the Sears Essentials[7] format, only to change them later to Sears Grand format. Sears Essentials signs still have not been changed on many stores that were changed prior to this decision, though some Sears Essentials stores are still in operation. A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Interior decoration is the art of decorating a room so it looks good, is easy to use, and functions well with the existing architecture. ... Articles in category Pet foods There are 16 articles in this section of this category. ... [1]#redirect Book ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... Surface mount electronic components Electronics is the study of the flow of charge through various materials and devices such as semiconductors, resistors, inductors, capacitors, nano-structures and vacuum tubes. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... An exterior of typical retail stores in Jordan Landing Sears Grand in Jordan Landing Wal-Mart and Sams Club in Jordan Landing Jordan Landing is a master-planned development located in the center of West Jordan, Utah, adjacent to Salt Lake City Municipal 2 Airport, Bangerter Highway, New Bingham... Jordan Landing West Jordan is a city located in Salt Lake County, Utah and part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. ...


Merger with Kmart

On November 17, 2004, Kmart announced its intentions to purchase Sears. As a part of the merger, the Kmart Holdings Corporation would change its name to Sears Holdings Corporation. The new corporation announced that it would continue to operate stores under both the Sears and Kmart brands. Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the fourth largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, and Kroger. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Australian department store chain, see Kmart Australia. ...


Possible future acquisitions

It has been speculated that Sears management is interested in more purchases beyond the Kmart takeover of Sears, and the idea that investor Edward Lampert is interested in becoming an investment company more than a retailer. Some of many possible targets are other companies that have low stock prices relative to company value. Some mentioned are Safeway, Home Depot, and Anheuser-Busch. The source linked here speculates that Sears Grand could be expanded in combination with Safeway's grocery stores.[8] Another potential purchase is Radio Shack since a former Kmart CEO took over as CEO and chairman.[9] The Washington Post, in an article dated March 11, 2007, described the current Sears as a hedge fund with money being diverted from the maintenance and improvement of stores to non-retail financial investments. A former executive is quoted as saying the company faces an "uncertain future". Surprisingly, a third of pre-tax income in the third quarter of 2006, according to The Washington Post, was due to financial trades, not the retail business. However, these investments performed poorly in the fourth quarter.[10] Edward S. Eddie Lampert (born July 27, 1962; [2]) is an American investor, financier and businessman. ... Safeway is a brand name used by several fraudulent supermarket chains around the world: Safeway Inc. ... The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services. ... Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. ... RadioShack Corporation (formerly Radio Shack) (NYSE: RSH) runs a chain of electronics retail stores in the United States, as well as parts of Europe. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... A hedge fund is a private investment fund that charges a performance fee and a management fee. ...


Subsidiaries

Current

A Sears Hardware store shortly before closing.
  • Sears Appliance & Hardware, formerly Sears Hardware is a chain of hardware stores that carry the whole line of Sears hardware and are usually free-standing or located in strip malls. Typically these stores are about 25,000 square feet (2,300 m²). In 2005, the chain was expanded to include Sears' full line of appliances.
  • Sears Dealer Store is a chain of smaller stores that are operated as "authorized re-sellers" of Sears merchandise. These stores are usually located in smaller markets that do not support full-sized Sears. They are signed as Sears and are usually free-standing or located in strip malls. They primarily concentrate on hardware, appliances, and lawn and garden supplies.
  • Sears Outlet is an outlet version of Sears department stores located in outlet malls and stand alone strip malls fading out these stores ranged from the specialized, just appliances, to full merchandise. Typically reselling customer returned functional, unboxed catalog and retail items at great discount.
  • Sears Parts & Repair Center is a chain of service centers that typically sell parts for lawn & garden equipment and appliances and also feature a carry-in point for customers to bring merchandise in that needs to be repaired either in or out of warranty. Typically labeled Sears Service Center or Sears Home Central, two names that also refer to the Parts and Repair Centers. Sears has started closing many of these down as more and more of its service and repair business is home-based.
  • The Great Indoors is a chain of free-standing home décor stores that carry high end appliances, bedding, and kitchen and bath fixtures. The Great Indoors stores are 130,000 square feet (12,000 m²) on average.[citation needed]
  • Lands' End aside from carrying the Lands' End clothing line at Sears stores, Sears Holdings also operates 16 Lands' End stores that carry only Lands' End clothing. These stores are located in outlet malls and regular malls.
  • Orchard Supply Hardware is a chain of free-standing hardware stores that carry home repair, hardware products and lawn and garden supplies. Orchard Supply Hardware stores are 40,000 square feet (4,000 m²). There are currently 84 stores, all of them in California. Sears now owns 80.1% of the chain, and revealed intentions in May 2005 to spin it off. Richard Karn of Home Improvement fame was a spokesman for the chain.
  • A & E Factory Services is a joint venture held by Whirlpool and Sears Holdings.[13] A & E Factory Service is a network of mobile service vans with a long history of performing appliance repairs.[14]

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Hardware stores sell hardware, tools, and building supplies; for instance: allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters, trash compactors, juice extractor, shower rods and water meters, walkie-talkies, copper wires... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Richard Karn, former host of Family Feud Richard Karn Wilson (Born February 17, 1956, in Seattle, Washington) is an American television actor. ... For other uses, see Home Improvement (disambiguation). ...

Former

Sears Essentials former logo
Sears Essentials former logo
  • Sears Brand Central was an electronics store. The electronics departments in Sears are now known and referred to internally as Brand Central, although they are not marketed to consumers as such.
  • Sears Catalog Stores were located in small towns. These stores were very small, even smaller than Sears' current Hometown Dealer stores. At catalog stores, some items could be ordered from the floor, such as appliances; other items could be ordered from catalogs at the store. These stores were often placed in rural markets which were far from full-line Sears stores, allowing for customers to purchase Sears products more easily. These stores were closed in 1993 when Sears closed its catalog business.
  • Sears HomeLife was a chain of furniture stores owned by Sears. The concept was introduced at a mall in Fresno, California in 1989, followed by a stand-alone store in Madison, Wisconsin.[15] Sears sold the stores to Citicorp Venture in 1999, who changed the chain's name to just "HomeLife". They opened many locations inside large Sears stores or near the store depending on space available. HomeLife closed its last stores in 2001.[16]
  • Sears Neighborhood was a chain similar to Sears Hometown stores, except that Neighborhood stores were located in urban markets. An average Sears Neighborhood store was 6,800 square feet (630 m²). These stores were also independently owned and operated. The concept was introduced in Atlanta in 1998, and another similar store was located in Cincinnati.[17][18] The Neighborhood stores closed in the early 2000s.
  • Telegames was the brand that Sears used when they purchased the rights to build and sell their own Atari 2600 home video game systems.

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Sears Tower and Sears Merchandise Building Tower

The original Sears Tower was built in Lawndale on the west side in 1905-1906. The Sears Merchandise Building Tower is a building that was used by Sears as a retail office building. ...

Main article: Sears Tower

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Sears building in Mexico City located across from the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Sears building in Mexico City located across from the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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Employee relations

Sears has struggled with employee relations. One notable example being the shift in 1992 from an hourly wage based on longevity, to a base wage (usually anywhere from $3.50 to $6 per hour) and commissions ranging from 1% to 9%. This new base wage, often constituting a substantial cut in pay, up to 40%, was done in the interest of "to be successful in this highly competitive environment." [19]


Sears is one of the few retailers to still pay commission though. They believe that this will create more knowledgeable employees and provide better customer service. However, in early October 2007 Sears cut commission rates for employees in select departments to anywhere from 1% to 4% but equalized the base wage across all Home Improvement and Electronics departments at $6 per hour. Appliances and the Shoe Department(in select stores) are the only two departments left where wages are based solely on commission sales.


Online

The domain sears.com attracted at least 115 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com survey.


Spyware scandal

In January 2008, it was revealed that the Sears "community" website surreptitiously installed spyware on user's computers, which collects information from bank account numbers to where and how customers visit sites. In addition, it was found that managemyhome.com provides information on any purchase from Sears, a move that can aid thieves in scoping out targets. [20]


Prairie Stone Business Park

Sears saw a modern suburban office campus as a more efficient location than the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago, so they began the move to the new Prairie Stone Business Park in Hoffman Estates, Illinois between 1993 and 1995. The office park has a focus on technology and sustainability, featuring an extensive landscaping plan that uses native prairie plants wherever possible, and a system of several express bus routes coordinated with Pace to encourage public transportation use.[21]


Recently opened is the 25% Sears owned Sears Centre Arena continuing the common practice of naming a sports arena/expo center for an extended period of time. Ryan Companies owns the remaining 75%, and other offices and hotels are being developed on the Prairie Stone campus.[22]


See also

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References

  1. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. (New York: Bonanza, 1950), p.90.
  2. ^ Book: Historic Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog Plant ISBN 0-7385-3977-5, opening date.
  3. ^ Sears Modern Homes - Oldhouseweb.com
  4. ^ Sears Archives. Sears. Retrieved on 2007-03-25.
  5. ^ Sears Archives. Sears. Retrieved on 2007-03-25.
  6. ^ Baar, Aaron (2007-05-05). Sears: 'Where It Begins'. Adweek. Retrieved on 2007-09-04.
  7. ^ Sears ditches Sears Essentials name
  8. ^ [1] Chicago Sun-Times story possible Sears Holding Company targets.
  9. ^ [2] Sun-Times speculation of possible Sears/Radio Shack deal.
  10. ^ The Washington Post, Risky Side of Sears: Retailer Is Recast As a Hedge Fund, As Sales and Stores Decline, Chairman Focuses on Investment, March 11, 2007.
  11. ^ About Sears
  12. ^ Sears Grand Fact Sheet
  13. ^ This Week in Consumer Electronics, Whirlpool Bears First Fruits Of Maytag Merger At Home Depot, 10/09/2006
  14. ^ Yard and Garden, Filling the gap: now that home centers are "servicing what they sell," where do dealers fit into this rapidly changing retail channel?; Profitably running your service department, March, 2005
  15. ^ A surprisingly new style for Sears: Homelife, Sears new power furniture format, is unlike anything seen before at the nation's largest retailer
  16. ^ HomeLife Furniture closes its doors
  17. ^ Sears eyeing South DeKalb as site for new urban store
  18. ^ Sears to open urban store.
  19. ^ 600-plus Sears jobs to be cut Chicago Tribune February 13, 1992
  20. ^ Spyware found in Sears online community installation | Tech news blog - CNET News.com
  21. ^ [3] Prairie Stone Transportation site.
  22. ^ [4] Prairie Stone Business Park, Current Sears headquarters location and Sears Centre Arena.

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