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My local Sears men’s section. Thanks Eddie Lampert

My local Sears men’s section. Thanks Eddie Lampert

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  • JGCities

    Sears has been dead for a long time, they just haven’t admitted it yet.

    If anything it is amazing they have lasted this long. Usually retail stores follow the Circuit City route, close a few stores to stop the bleeding only to collapse shortly afterwards.

  • tommy_boy007

    I know someone that worked for Sears. She was a higher up at the headquarters.
    She bailed ship about 6-7 years ago when she saw the direction of the company. Smart choice.

  • JohnArkady

    Wow! I worked for Sears in the nineties and it was awful. No benefits, cutthroat competition, they would do anything to keep you from getting on full-time….back in it’s heydey, if you got a job at Sears that was it, you had it made and they would take care of you until you got a gold watch at retirement. Now, they are a shadow of themselves and it shows!

    I worked there right after they had a big stink about the auto department overcharging, and we had to buy these awful red sweaters with the company motto for $3 each. They all said. “You can count on me” and we had to wear them for Source Night, which is what Sears called their big sale every November I think it was.

    Glad I got out of there, those clowns I worked with would jump in front of you to get a sale, and I’d heard legends of them digging carbons of sale tickets in your number out of the garbage, voiding them, then re-ringing them in their names. Glad I got out of there! Ironically, I’m now friends with my former manager on FB, and keep in touch with a couple of the other salesmen, who are all pretty nice, now we aren’t competing with each other!

  • HarryHacker42

    I remember the Sears/Kmart plan to turn them into data centers for computer servers. People pointed out the low security situation of mall areas, the all-glass fronts, the re-tooling to put power and AC everywhere, and how basically it was just not going to happen. They were right.. it didn’t happen.

  • xanax05mg

    I miss Sears. Kenmore appliances were budget friendly decent things. My last washer and dryer set from them last 15 years before I upgraded. We will have our Kenmore deep freeze. Good vacuums too, last one lasted almost 12 years before it died.

  • justahdewd

    I worked for the Sears credit department from 1977-93, was a decent company to work for then, had a profit sharing program where you got stock. When they closed the office I worked at, full timers got one week of pay for each year of employment, between that and cashing in my stock, I was able to take an extended vacation before getting another job. About 10 years ago, they offered to buy out my pension, don’t know whether or not it was the right decision, but I took them up on the offer, I was worried it might not be around when I qualified for it.


    I swear, is Sears just one big money laundering front now? It would be far less suspicious if it was a laser tag center.

  • WinkyTheFrog

    I had to look up who he was. I’m pretty convinced most CEOs are just washed up don’t know how to do anything fuckwads, but you have to be an incredibly moronic fuckwad to have been a CEO of say Sears or KMart or Circut City in the past 20 years.

  • new_tanker

    I worked at a Sears… well… it wasn’t a Sears from the beginning.

    My first job was at Kmart and when Kmart bought Sears in the 2004-2005 timeframe (I forget exactly when but it was around then, and we had to commonly remind customers it was Kmart that bought Sears and not vice versa) our store was one of the few that became Sears Essentials. It basically combined the best of Sears with the best of Kmart, and departments that overlapped saw mostly Sears brands than Kmart brands. Sears Essentials also had the grocery or pantry section from Kmart along with Kmart’s health and beauty department (and pharmacy) as well as greeting cards and toys. The big name brands Sears was famous for like Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard were heavily prevalent. Nearly a full appliances department where you could buy fridges, washers/dryers, ovens, etc. Tools and lawn and garden (seasonal) were a fraction of the size at a normal Sears but that’s only due to the footprint of the original Kmart. Very small automotive section. The garden center from Kmart was still open and functioning.

    Clothing and footwear was nearly all Sears brands; I believe some Kmart brands were in there. Same for housewares. The electronics section was a joke. They hardly ever kept televisions in stock.

    The concept was an interesting idea but it really never took off. We had one of the nicer Kmarts in the northeast and when the interior was made over for Sears Essentials it actually looked really nice. Sadly, the departments that were left over from Kmart used the older fixtures and that looked really tacky. The store ended up closing in 2010 because the owners of the property, who owned the entire shopping center, raised rents and everyone pretty much fled. The shopping center was leveled and is now a combination of things including apartments, a few restaurants, healthcare, some kids care place, and more.

    Now… the Sears stores within 25 miles of that location… they looked BAD both on the outside and on the inside. No effort was ever done to rehab or remodel them. It looked pretty much like what the OP shared. It’s a damn shame what Eddie Lampert had done to not only one store but two.

    I spent ten years off and on working in retail for Kmart and then Sears. Doing so taught me to be patient. Today, I believe the number of Kmarts and Sears totals less than ten each. It might be even be fewer than that. I’m honestly surprised there’s Kmart and Sears stores still open…

  • fappyday

    Damn. You used to be able to have a forge, anvil, tongs, and hammer delivered to your door from Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Heck, you could get guns, tents, farm supplies, and even a whole house delivered. This right here is just a husk of the dead and decaying American Dream.

  • TommyKinLA

    I miss Sears very much, parents bought everything there, and the catalog was the Christmas wish book with my brother and I, pick one item on each page…it was the family trip every other weekend, and how I loved the smells…chocolate, pop corn, and roasted nuts ☺️

  • johnb300m

    I’ve given Sears multiple chances over the years. Each time a disappointment from what a cornucopia it used to be in the 90s.
    No stock. Grumpy ass employees (mostly understandable), and the last time, they rescinded the lifetime warranty on my torque wrench that broke after 2yrs. Threw it away right there and never went back. And that was almost, 6yrs ago.

  • kittyneko7

    I can’t live another day without air conditioning.

    Says tomorrow’s gonna be hotter.


    Like yesterday.

    Yesterday? Yesterday you said you’d call Sears.

    I’ll call today.

    You’ll call now.

    I’ll call now.

  • SilentRunning

    Eddie Lampert is a Billionaire/Vulture Capitalist who started ESL Investments after years of working at Goldman Sachs. In the early 2000’s he started buying up Sears stocks until he had a 28% of their shares. He took over the company in 2016. After that he began chopping up the company’s wealth by selling their large land holdings.

    >During his tenure as CEO, Sears lost around half its value within five years, and closed more than half of its physical stores. On October 15, 2018, Lampert stepped down as CEO of Sears Holdings, while remaining chairman of the board, as part of Sears Holdings bankruptcy actions. On December 6, 2018, Lampert, through his company ESL Investments, offered to buy all of Sears for $4.6 billion in cash and stock.[20] The offer would be financed by $950 million in added debt,[20] but no additional cash.[21] In early 2019, five hundred stores remained in operation; the remainder were in liquidation.[20] According to a company filing, Lampert stepped down as chairman of Sears Holdings Corp on February 14, 2019.[22]

    >In January 2019, a group of Sears’ creditors hoping to persuade a federal judge to force Sears to liquidate alleged that Lampert had orchestrated a “multiyear and multifaceted scheme” to strip away the company’s assets and benefit from its decline.[23] In May 2019, Lampert, months after purchasing the remains of Sears from the holding company, threatened not to pay out the $43 million in pension payments[24] owed to 90,000 former Sears and Kmart employees and retirees.[25]

    From [Wikipedia](

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