(Neb.)-Local Sears Store Changes Hands And Location (Updated)
Photo: Several workers unload items at the new corporate Sears Hometown Store location on downtown Third Street. (Photo by KCSR-Roxie Graham-Marski)
(CHADRON)-The Chadron Sears store is changing hands and its location. Russ Eihausen (I-HOW-Zen), a Sears district manager from Omaha, says the Chadron store is not locally owned anymore, but rather will be operating as a corporate Sears Hometown store in the interim while another partnership is sought with a new owner. The store is one of approximately 1,150 stores scattered throughout the nation, in addition to all the regularly operating Sears stores. Eihausen says Sears Hometown stores essentially fill the niche that catalog stores used to provide for communities.
The Chadron store’s merchandise that remained in the former Sears building on East Third Street once it changed hands is being relocated to the vacant building on downtown Third Street that used to house Morford’s Decorating Center. About 20 workers, some local, some from Scottsbluff and Rapid City, were helping move items to the store’s new location on Wednesday, including Eihausen and district manager Jerry Rheinhart, who oversees stores in Wyoming, South Dakota, and the Panhandle of Nebraska.
Eihausen says the store was aiming to be open and operational as soon as possible, maybe as soon as Thanksgiving evening for some Black Friday sales. He said with a chuckle, “It will be a different looking store, to be sure,” as the relocation crew continues to work toward piecing everything together into the new location. Thursday Eihausen said it would most likely be Saturday before the store would open.
The store will be in the hands of a transition team while everything is set up and until a new owner can be found. For those interested in a Sears partnership opportunity, Eihausen says what normally is a more costly endeavor will already be “pseudo-set-up” and extra incentives will likely be available. For more information, call Eihausen at 402-850-4568.
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