Monday, April 16, 2018

Du Bois Sears & Bluelight News Flash: General Sears Update

This is an oddball Sears for many reasons, though the biggest one of them is the fact that is still open. I don't mean to say this store should close, but the reason as to why I find it odd that it is still open is that this is now the only Sears store open in central rural Pennsylvania. It is also just one of two Sears stores open at or above the I-80 corridor; the other being Stroudsburg.

There are other reasons why this particular Sears store is odd. It sports a rarer red treatment for both its store exterior and logos and this location is dinky when compared to the typical Sears store size. Its footprint at only around 50,000 sq. ft. could be one reason why it still continues when all other rural PA stores have closed. 

I will say that it felt organized and well maintained, though the amount of mattresses here was quite a selection given the small store. And if I remember correctly, this store barely had a housewares and bed/bath department. It did appear though that Sears was using a storefront in the attached mall as a furniture department.

Hard to say what will come to this place, but for now it seems that Sears has seriously slashed the number of store closings. As of today, here's a list of the stores confirmed to be closing that weren't on a prior list. This includes Sears' last store in its hometown of Chicago.


Tucson, AZ
Citrus Heights, CA
El Cajon, CA
Fairfield, CA
Roseville, CA
Gainesville, FL
Pensacola, FL                                                             
Cedar Rapids, IA                                                        
Chicago, IL (West Irving Park Rd)
Columbia, MO
Asheville, NC
Wilmington, NC
Reno, NV
Rochester, NY (Greece)
Boardman, OH
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Warrenton, VA

Brandon, FL
Saugus, MA
Brick, NJ

There is also some news going around about the auction of 16 Sears locations. These locations are not planned to be closed at this time. While these stores just became a whole lot more likely to close, this is essentially a lease-back situation to whoever buys the property for the moment. Sears still plans to operate all 16 profitable stores as of this time.

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