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Our Sears is closing

I'm surprised they lasted this long. I need a new dishwasher so maybe I can find a good deal. This is prime real estate which they will easily be able to sell:
http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Toledo-Sears-location-closing-430189493.html

created by classylady on Jun 22, 2017 at 04:05:10 pm     Comments: 32

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If E-B closes too at some point, you will have a very marketable location for something or someone !

posted by Hoops on Jun 22, 2017 at 04:14:25 pm     #  

Long overdue...

posted by 6th_Floor on Jun 22, 2017 at 05:10:09 pm     #  

The dominos are beginning to fall. :( I guess it was inevitable -- business is so slow there (and at E-B). I loved the convenience, though.

posted by viola on Jun 22, 2017 at 07:19:21 pm     #  

I hate to admit this, but I stopped shopping there years and years ago.

At one time I was a very loyal Sears shopper (most of my lawn and garden equipment and hand tools are from there) but was badly turned off by their lack of help in the store. It was awful trying to find a salesperson on the floor when you had a question.

I hate to see them go, but in all honesty, this chain has been mismanaged for several decades now.

Is the store in Bowling Green closing as well? I still shop there for appliances and equipment.

posted by shamrock44 on Jun 22, 2017 at 07:24:44 pm     #   1 person liked this

I'm surprised the store didn't close years ago. Every time I go to Costco or Fresh Market their parking lot looks empty. It's probably been over a decade since I've been in that store. I went to the outlet store last year on Airport when I replaced my dishwasher and had trouble finding someone to help me and the one they had in stock was more than what I paid for the one I bought at Best Buy that included delivery, installation and haul away.

I wouldn't be surprised if Sears does the route of Montgomery Ward by the end of this decade. I don't know anyone that shops there.

Does Sears own that location? I remember at one time the only thing saving them was all their real estate holdings. If they do they are making the right move, they'll have developers lined up wanting that land.

posted by jamesteroh on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:58:09 pm     #   1 person liked this

Most of my larger appliances came from there. Fridge, washer & dryer, chest freezer.

I hadn't been in super recently though.

posted by mom2 on Jun 23, 2017 at 12:09:17 am     #  

Maybe Bezos will buy it!

posted by nana on Jun 23, 2017 at 12:19:30 am     #  

The Craftsman brand was purchased by was purchased by Stanley a year or so ago, and the products are available in many non-Sears stores. My hope is that the brand returns to its former glory under Stanley's guidance. (Nice editorial about this in the new Pop Mech.)

One great thing about Sears-specifically Craftsman and Kenmore-is the availability of repair and replacement parts and the easy ordering of them via their website. I've ordered parts for my garage door opener, mowers, dishwasher, air compressor, and more, some of them decades old.

Kenmore is still owned by Sears Holdings, but the products are made to spec by Whirlpool, GE, Sanyo, etc. I think the brand could live on in Appliance Stores if managed properly.

As for the land, maybe Carty and Ellen Grachek's (sp?) plan for a Levis Commons type of development at Westgate will finally come to fruition.

posted by SavageFred on Jun 23, 2017 at 10:39:01 am     #  

kinda sad but long overdue and the future at that site looks bright. That prime real estate won't sit long. The number of jobs created in a Westgate expansion will probably exceed those lost at Sears and EB. With any expansion, I hope they get parking right though!

posted by presbacon on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:31:40 am     #  

I hear Ikea silently orchestrated the global demise of Sears solely to finally get their Toledo store.

posted by JoeyGee on Jun 23, 2017 at 02:54:16 pm     #   1 person liked this

I'm surprised there isn't speculation about Trader Joe's going in that spot:)

posted by classylady on Jun 23, 2017 at 02:57:27 pm     #  

I know I say this here about once a year, but I can't help it, I'm just so happy about the continued developments at Westgate. I love Westgate. I loved it back in the day, and I love the comeback it's making.
So, here goes, (again) ....... Viva Westgate !

Ima keep sayin' it, lol .

posted by foodie88 on Jun 23, 2017 at 03:22:51 pm     #   1 person liked this

Good bye!
I stopped in to exchange a wrench, socket driver, and screwdriver. They said they didn't have any socket drivers in stock (3/8"- probably the most common). I went over to the shelf, picked up a new one from the shelf. She said I couldn't have that one, because it's brand new. The manager had to come over to approve the exchange. The wrench (1/4"×5/16"), they said was part of a set, and I had to bring the whole set in. (It is part of a large set with a case that I've owned for 20+ years). The manager had to come over again, but this time had me make a sears.com account right there in the store and order the wrench online. The manager gave me promo code for the price of the wrench+shipping.

All said, almost an hour to exchange a few simple tools.

For a Saturday afternoon, the place was as busy as if it were the middle of the night.

Bye-bye Sears.

posted by jbtaurus98 on Jun 23, 2017 at 03:38:20 pm     #  

Those tools you exchanged were probably made in China to boot.

posted by reggie on Jun 24, 2017 at 05:35:23 am     #  

I agree with foodie88. I love being able to ride my bike to Westgate (or walk, in heavy snows) and pick up a few things. On rare occasions when I have to get something from The Monroe Zone, the long drive past acres of commercial ugliness depresses me.

Having said that, I can't deny that what I need to buy no longer jibes with what Sears and Elder-Beerman want to sell me. They are large institutions that were set up in a previous century and they've just been rolling along until now.

As a female of a certain age, I hate the idea that I always have to get my three-packs of undergarments at Target or WalMart. Sears & EldBee have always wanted to provide me with delicate, colorful lingerie one piece at a time. Not a good fit with my lifestyle. But if my grandmother were still around, we might have a fun afternoon shopping there ... once in a while.

posted by viola on Jun 24, 2017 at 04:09:31 pm     #  

Also my grandmother would remind me that a lady doesn't post information about her undergarments on the internet.

posted by viola on Jun 24, 2017 at 04:11:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

jbtaurus98 posted at 03:38:20 PM on Jun 23, 2017:

Good bye!
I stopped in to exchange a wrench, socket driver, and screwdriver. They said they didn't have any socket drivers in stock (3/8"- probably the most common). I went over to the shelf, picked up a new one from the shelf. She said I couldn't have that one, because it's brand new. The manager had to come over to approve the exchange. The wrench (1/4"×5/16"), they said was part of a set, and I had to bring the whole set in. (It is part of a large set with a case that I've owned for 20+ years). The manager had to come over again, but this time had me make a sears.com account right there in the store and order the wrench online. The manager gave me promo code for the price of the wrench+shipping.

All said, almost an hour to exchange a few simple tools.

For a Saturday afternoon, the place was as busy as if it were the middle of the night.

Bye-bye Sears.

This post should be engraved on a tablet and sent to failing brick and mortar businesses as an example of why consumers have abandoned them.

posted by oldhometown on Jun 24, 2017 at 06:27:21 pm     #  

Sears announced they are closing two K-Marts in Toledo. I didn't even know we had any Kmart's left in Toledo.

I'm surprised KMart has held on this long.

posted by classylady on Jul 07, 2017 at 11:43:14 pm     #  

Well, in that case, they will have to close 1801 W. Alexis twice.

posted by justread on Jul 08, 2017 at 06:31:52 am     #   1 person liked this

According to the Blade one of the Kmarts is in Toledo and the other in Monroe. They are keeping the Navarre store open. Some people interviewed in the Blade article seem upset and are putting this on the same level as losing the Anderson's. To be honest I had no idea we even had any Kmart's in the area and I bet it's been well over a decade since I've been in a KMart or Sears.

I think it's insulting to compare the Anderson's to Kmart or Sears. The Anderson's was a local store with high quality merchandise and great employees/customer service

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 08, 2017 at 03:58:14 pm     #  

It shouldn't be insulting to you .....although I haven't shopped in either for years, there were some who shopped at both for economic reasons...not everyone has similar tastes and wants as you. So please don't be insulted.

posted by gunz1 on Jul 08, 2017 at 05:08:48 pm     #   1 person liked this

It shouldn't be insulting to you .....although I haven't shopped in either for years, there were some who shopped at both for economic reasons...not everyone has similar tastes and wants as you. So please don't be insulted.

posted by gunz1 on Jul 08, 2017 at 05:08:51 pm     #  

It shouldn't be insulting to you .....although I haven't shopped in either for years, there were some who shopped at both for economic reasons...not everyone has similar tastes and wants as you. So please don't be insulted.

posted by gunz1 on Jul 08, 2017 at 05:08:57 pm     #  

Seems like I have heard this several times before....

posted by Molsonator on Jul 08, 2017 at 06:05:10 pm     #  

Sorry....didn't seem to go through

posted by gunz1 on Jul 08, 2017 at 06:16:32 pm     #  

jamesteroh posted at 03:58:14 PM on Jul 08, 2017:

According to the Blade one of the Kmarts is in Toledo and the other in Monroe. They are keeping the Navarre store open. Some people interviewed in the Blade article seem upset and are putting this on the same level as losing the Anderson's. To be honest I had no idea we even had any Kmart's in the area and I bet it's been well over a decade since I've been in a KMart or Sears.

I think it's insulting to compare the Anderson's to Kmart or Sears. The Anderson's was a local store with high quality merchandise and great employees/customer service

Are you kidding? People losing their jobs at Kmart have bills to pay just as the Anderson's employees you seem to believe were special.

You may have held special memories of Anderson's stores, but most of Greater Toledo quit caring about Anderson's stores decades ago, if they ever did.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jul 09, 2017 at 10:33:57 am     #  

I wasn't referring to people losing their jobs I was referring to the people complaining about one less place to shop at (although I'm sure the Anderson's retail division had a lot more employees than the local Kmart and Sears).

I went to the Anderson's several times a month and went weekly when I lived in West Toledo. I honestly can't remember the last time I was in a Sears or Kmart and didn't even know there any Kmarts left here. When I go to Costco the Sears parking lot is dead. The Anderson's lot was packed a lot of times on weekends.

Anderson's was worth going to over Kroger for things like wines and I remember one time when I replaced a light switch the sales associate at Anderson's told me exactly what I had to do, good luck getting the kind of service with Kmart.

If there's something I need that Kmart sells Walmart or Meijer is more convenient, has more selection and is probably cheaper than Kmart.

I could understand if it's a small city and Kmart is their only big store but in a city like Toledo with a lot of competition I don't understand how anyone will miss shopping at Kmart.

posted by jamesteroh on Jul 09, 2017 at 02:27:38 pm     #  

What is really hard to believe is that at one time Sears and Kmart were the # 1 and 2 retailers in the US. Back in the 80's I was in one or the other all the time. Went to Sears Westgate about 6 months ago, for the first time in years, and could not believe how little merchandise was on the shelves. Corporate management destroyed that company

posted by OldTimer on Jul 09, 2017 at 03:25:52 pm     #  

There's no question that a clueless management is the cause of Sears' demise, but that's usually the case with any company failing. What baffles me is that they had such an opportunity and, like so many companies that fail to see the oncoming freight train of digital disruption, they didn't act...at all, to save themselves. These guys pioneered catalog sales, which ultimately morphed into online sales today and they totally blew it. I hate to say it, but they deserve to lose....it is unfortunate that their poor decision making impacted so many employees, I'm sure these a-holes will walk away with a nice golden parachute.

posted by breeman on Jul 10, 2017 at 09:07:00 am     #  

Times are changing. Wal-mart is trying to be Amazon, Amazon is trying to be Wal-mart. Can't see Amazon loosing that battle, but plenty of room for both of them with Amazon eating the bigger piece of pie.

Next looser? Target - As Wal-mart and Amazon rush to fill each others space, Target will be feeling pressure from both side - online and brick & mortar.

posted by SensorG on Jul 10, 2017 at 02:35:43 pm     #  

Sears online sucked because they used dynamic pricing and the price would go up before you could check out. I once tried to by an on sale snowblower for $499 but it jumped to $649 during the transaction, in the middle of the day. They said that's how dynamic pricing works. I said screw you.

Amazon sucks because they send you a Pandora bracelet that says "Padnora" while claiming not to have a serious counterfeit problem. If Amazon is going to beat Wal Mart, they are going to have to get a handle on the fakes. It's out of hand.

posted by justread on Jul 10, 2017 at 03:27:25 pm     #   1 person liked this

SensorG posted at 02:35:43 PM on Jul 10, 2017:

Times are changing. Wal-mart is trying to be Amazon, Amazon is trying to be Wal-mart. Can't see Amazon loosing that battle, but plenty of room for both of them with Amazon eating the bigger piece of pie.

Next looser? Target - As Wal-mart and Amazon rush to fill each others space, Target will be feeling pressure from both side - online and brick & mortar.

Amazon.com news from today.

Best Buy reported unexpected first-quarter growth in May, when shares hit an all-time intraday high.

Still, Wall Street seems to worry whenever Amazon steps on another company's turf.

Recode.net story

... over the last few months, Amazon has quietly been hiring an army of in-house gadget experts to offer free Alexa consultations as well as product installations for a fee inside customer homes.

The new offering, which has already rolled out in seven markets without much fanfare, is aimed at helping customers set up a “smart home”.

Smart-home gadgets make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the consumer electronics industry, but they can be difficult to set up and integrate with each other.

https://www.amazon.com/smart

posted by jr on Jul 10, 2017 at 04:10:30 pm     #