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Sears to close last store in Chicago [its home market]
Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/12/18 | Chicago Tribune staff

Posted on 04/12/2018 4:03:08 PM PDT by foreverfree

Sears, based in Chicago for more than a century and now facing mounting troubles, is closing its last store in the city.

Employees at the store at Six Corners, on the edge of the Portage Park neighborhood, were told of the closure Thursday morning, spokesman Howard Riefs said in an email.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: retail; sears
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Sears, where America used to shop for value.

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1 posted on 04/12/2018 4:03:08 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree

Sad. It would an interesting read if some MBA type did a thesis on why Sears climbed, stalled, spun, and is now just a few feet above the ground still in that spin.


2 posted on 04/12/2018 4:08:30 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: foreverfree

They used to have it all, basically.

Then made tons of bonehead decisions. Like outsourcing their credit operations to some credit-card outfit.

That’s pretty much when I stopped shopping there. I doubt I’ve spent $100 there in 15 years.


3 posted on 04/12/2018 4:09:16 PM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: Da Coyote

They failed because they did not keep up with the times and their online sales can’t beat other companies


4 posted on 04/12/2018 4:09:37 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: foreverfree

Sears, once the World’s Largest Store (WLS radio in Chicago was owned by Sears, this was Sear’s slogan so the store’s radio station became WLS)

but we seldom see a corporate management drive an established firm right down the sewer .. like we’ve seen at Sears in recent couple of years or so

today, you can visit very nice big Sears store.. and roll a bolling ball down the main aisle, there are so very few customers. And their online operation is, imho, both poorly presented and also imho their customer service is a giant RIPOFF operation, steal from the customer.. send her gift cards with zero balances, etc.


5 posted on 04/12/2018 4:10:29 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicans aren't born, they're excreted." -Marcus Tillius Cicero (3 BCE))
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To: Da Coyote

Interesting.

They should have been what Amazon is today.

Before internet ordering, there was mail ordering.


6 posted on 04/12/2018 4:11:00 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: foreverfree

I see other legacy companies like Sears who have failed to realize the impact of the internet on commerce.


7 posted on 04/12/2018 4:11:18 PM PDT by ealgeone
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To: foreverfree

It was a great ride.


8 posted on 04/12/2018 4:11:54 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (President Trump divides Americans . . . from anti-Americans.)
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To: foreverfree

Sears and it’s hefty-sized catalog, they had everything. So long, old Americana friend.


9 posted on 04/12/2018 4:12:40 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: foreverfree

No matter what happens to the company itself, as far as I am concerned the “Willis Tower” will always be the Sears Tower.


10 posted on 04/12/2018 4:13:00 PM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: foreverfree

The end of an era.

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11 posted on 04/12/2018 4:13:22 PM PDT by Mears
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Nah. Sears was on their way down long before that. When they got into the credit and insurance businesses (Allstate) retail turned into a too difficult way to make a profit so they ignored it.


12 posted on 04/12/2018 4:14:45 PM PDT by ping jockey (mohamed sucks)
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To: foreverfree

During the bad weather I visit a large mall near my house to get my exercise.The Sears store in that mall is now undergoing a major rehab/redesign...which I find strange given the company’s reported troubles.


13 posted on 04/12/2018 4:17:06 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (You Say "White Privilege"...I Say "Protestant Work Ethic")
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To: foreverfree

They’re already completely gone from Canada. Screwed over all their pension-holders in the process. Only a matter of time until the whole thing goes belly-up, I’m afraid. And it’s a shame - for a long time, until not too many years ago, Sears was my go-to place for a lot of things.


14 posted on 04/12/2018 4:20:42 PM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like tractor.)
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To: foreverfree

It is hard to run store of this type where the main demand is for guns, knives, and baseball bats.


15 posted on 04/12/2018 4:21:32 PM PDT by Revel
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To: foreverfree

I’m glad my grandfather isn’t around to see this.

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16 posted on 04/12/2018 4:22:26 PM PDT by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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Used to have nice tools. Now the only wrenches you can get on amazon are the rejects from harbor freight that are biodegradable


17 posted on 04/12/2018 4:22:50 PM PDT by dsrtsage (For Leftists, World History starts every day at breakfast)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Sears sells the same stuff that you can get anywhere else.
Retail stores come and go. Monkey Ward, Woolworths, Kresge, etc.


18 posted on 04/12/2018 4:23:57 PM PDT by shelterguy (Bigdeal)
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To: dsrtsage

Some of my harbor freight stuff has held up to a fair amount of abuse.

Must have been made on Wednesday.


19 posted on 04/12/2018 4:27:34 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: SaveFerris
They used to have it all, basically.

Yep. Absolutely no one was as well set up to conquer online sales as was the already existing operation at Sears. Amazon was a cyber bookshop when Sears was selling entire houses and everything within them: appliances, clothing, furniture. What is truly amazing is that they watched the entire thing happen and couldn't seem to do anything to keep up.

Maybe it was too much of an investment in brick-and-mortar stores. Borders, Barnes and Noble, Waldenbooks, Crown, all appear to have taken that false trail, but for Sears to do so and not be able to recover is astonishing. If anyone does know of a study on this rise-and-fall I'd love to read it.

20 posted on 04/12/2018 4:27:56 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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