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Post# 412522   8/8/2019 at 22:56 (197 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I had just noticed in the latest closing list, my local Sears is closing in my town. I will miss looking at the vacuums there, since they are some of my favorites and have been since I was very young, since I grew up with Kenmore canisters. I plan to make a video of the vacuum department before the store closes.

I wish they'd get the Kenmores in stock in Lowes and Home Depot since they sell them online.

Post# 412536 , Reply# 1   8/9/2019 at 00:52 (197 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Shame, but seriously you should've seen it coming, lol

I thought Lowes had Kenmores in stock already?

Post# 412550 , Reply# 2   8/9/2019 at 11:15 (196 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Dead Store Walking...

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Sears is dead. It's only a matter of time before they're all gone. The one in my city is still hanging on by a thread but it's pretty much a shell these days. The mostly empty parking lot in the middle of an otherwise bustling shopping center pretty much tells the story. They remodeled about eight or nine years ago and leased out almost a third of the space, including the front of the building, to Whole Foods, which is kind of ironic, considering who now owns Whole Foods. The parking lot on that side of the building always stays full.

Post# 412556 , Reply# 3   8/9/2019 at 14:56 (196 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Lost the two closest to me. There was one an hour away that closed, then reopened and, closed,reopened and so forth. I lost track of what their status is.
I've been to about 5 closing sales. Scored plenty of tools, a desk chair, filing cabinets, and a Hoover rug

Post# 412558 , Reply# 4   8/9/2019 at 16:11 (196 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
Ours are all gone now, K-Marts too.

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It's a shame, as they used to be the #1 and #2 national retailer. 

They suffered from a CEO that was more interested in real-estate than retailing, and in the end forgot the most important thing about doing business with the public.  The Public.  Both stores became very user-unfriendly, cost-ineffective, and RUDE.


Though they used to be great, nows all I have to say is So-long.

Post# 412574 , Reply# 5   8/10/2019 at 07:23 (195 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Ours is alive but not well. I was there 50+ years ago to buy my first vac from this store, so it is old. I hope they can manage to restock it a bit

Post# 412575 , Reply# 6   8/10/2019 at 12:18 (195 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis/Fort Lauderdale)        

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The Sears at the Mall of America here closed this year. The thing is that mall is kind of a destination always packed with locals and visitors from all over the country and world. The place is always crowded. However when ever I went into Sears it was always nearly empty, so sad to see. I suspect within five years all Sears stores will be gone unfortunately.

Post# 412596 , Reply# 7   8/11/2019 at 01:00 (195 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The Sears store in Greenville is still open they have a sign posted on the major road its on saying they are open.I visit the place-its like a ghost town!No one in the appliances-the TV's and electronic portion has been replaced by bedding.The Craftsman tools are very small selection.the neighboring Lowes has MORE Craftsman tools than the Sears does.Wonder how long the place will stay open.The neighboring Dicks Sporting goods place is becoming a ghost town,too.The open air mall these places are in is mostly empty.It replaced an enclosed mall that fell on hard times and was bulldozed to make way for the new place,Kohls(doing well) and Dicks.

Post# 412598 , Reply# 8   8/11/2019 at 10:38 (194 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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"Shame, but seriously you should've seen it coming, lol

I thought Lowes had Kenmores in stock already"

Yeah, I mean, I knew they were pretty much done for but I was surprised they were still open this long. I had hoped for a while if it made it this long that the chain might be able to stay open, but I always knew in the back of my mind it wouldn't happen.

Lowes has them on their website. But I haven't seen any here, as far as I know Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart sell them online but I've never actually seen them in any of those stores.

Post# 412599 , Reply# 9   8/11/2019 at 10:40 (194 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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"The Sears at the Mall of America here closed this year. The thing is that mall is kind of a destination always packed with locals and visitors from all over the country and world. The place is always crowded. However when ever I went into Sears it was always nearly empty, so sad to see. I suspect within five years all Sears stores will be gone unfortunately."

There's still one here in the Florida Mall in Orlando, but I imagine it's like you say, where that's the only place in the mall that isn't busy.

I doubt they'll be around 5 years from now either, honestly I didn't expect any of them to still be open by now. They're all irrelevant now unfortunately. Most people have forgotten about them by now, or thought they've already all closed down.

Post# 412669 , Reply# 10   8/13/2019 at 11:31 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Our two closed last year.

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THe closest one now is in Montgomeryville, near Philadelphia. So sad to see them all go. We still have a K mart nearby. It's probably on Hospice at the moment.

Post# 412679 , Reply# 11   8/13/2019 at 15:28 (192 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The thing that boggles my mind is why is Eddie Lampert being allowed to get away with gutting Sears' and Kmart's assets for his own gain?

Post# 412725 , Reply# 12   8/14/2019 at 11:29 (191 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Post# 412862 , Reply# 13   8/17/2019 at 13:29 (188 days old) by ridgidwd0670 (se wood co ohio)        

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The ONLY Sears store I've found in NW OH is a Sears Hometown in Bowling Green (Woodland Mall) but I don't know for how much longer it'll still be there; as the Woodland Mall itself is also 'struggling' to stay around since Elder-Beerman closed last yr

There aren't anymore K-mart in NW OH; the Fostoria one closed earlier this yr

Its been nearly a decade when North Towne Square mall & Southwyck Mall closed; Woodville Mall closed during the 2012 Christmas shopping season

Post# 412950 , Reply# 14   8/20/2019 at 15:42 (185 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        
Goodbye & Good Riddance to Sears!

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Sears Canada ended operations & left Canada in mid-January, 2018. I don't miss them for one minute! My excuses not to shop there?

Rude, SNOOTY staff in some of the stores that acted like they should be treated like royalty. Overpriced clothes & linens, & their sales weren't impressive. Overpriced furniture & appliances that was no better than the same stuff sold in The Brick & Leon's. And on more than one occasion, had sales staff serve me that didn't know much about the products they were trying to sell.

And for anyone that says luxury department stores that sell everything under one roof can't survive & succeed anymore? Come up to Canada & look at the success Hudson's Bay department stores has enjoyed. Hudson's Bay has had successful operations & thriving well by diversifying. They are a HUGE Canadian success, one that has been around for centuries - since 1670.

Sears has dug their own grave with poor management over the decades in both Canada & America. Yes, they were a important & iconic part of retail, but one that's about to become history - for good reason. Perhaps they should have learned some lessons from their competitors & put them to use.



Post# 412997 , Reply# 15   8/21/2019 at 23:43 (184 days old) by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

Iím like 10 minutes from a Sears and never could I have predicted it would be amongst the last when I used to go to dozens of them on every vacation I took. We still have a Kmart too.

Post# 413052 , Reply# 16   8/24/2019 at 00:03 (182 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I stopped by Sears tonight. Not much in the way of deals, vacuums were 10% off only and still very heavily stocked, displays, etc. I may go back sooner to October and see if I can't snag a display at a big discount at the end. There was only one used vacuum, a purple Kenmore Crossover upright and they still wanted $194!

Tried to find 5055/C/Q and U/O bags for my canisters and Progressive upright but they were also not discounted much, and only in packs of two!

Post# 413267 , Reply# 17   8/31/2019 at 13:27 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I just saw an online article from USA Today that Sears Holdings is closing another 40 or stores between October and December. Frankly, it's beyond me why they even try to keep hanging on. In the shopping public's mind, they're already dead. They just need to face reality, cut their losses, and cut out the lights.

Post# 413268 , Reply# 18   8/31/2019 at 13:41 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Yes and was reading an article on Forbes today that majority of the Corporate Staff has been laid off recently. Also Sears is selling their Sears Outlet stores to Liberty Tax.

I think the whole reason behind the supposed restructuring was to make it look like they were trying to turn things around, when in reality they had no plans to change. They are hanging on as long as possible in order to make as much money as they can, is my guess.

Post# 413561 , Reply# 19   9/8/2019 at 12:01 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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It just occurred to me, I wonder if it would be possible to get that big Hoover mat in the vacuum department? I wouldn't mind getting some of the Kenmore signage as well. Do you think they would be willing to sell any of this? It could be a good opportunity to do so.

Post# 413669 , Reply# 20   9/10/2019 at 19:20 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I bought one at my Sears store when it closed. Wait until they sell "store fixtures" and offer to buy them. I got a Hoover rug that way for 5 dollars

Post# 413677 , Reply# 21   9/11/2019 at 08:05 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I got a HOOVER rug

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when a Boscov's Dept store closed, as well.

Post# 413879 , Reply# 22   9/16/2019 at 01:40 by huskyvacs (Midwestern US)        

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Go in and ask an employee and then they will get the manager, and then ask the manager. Sometimes the stuff has to be shipped back to the retailer because it is leased equipment and they cannot sell it, but ask them anyway and if they say yes, they should be able to put a claim ticket on it for you so it's not accidentally removed and you can pick it up on the final day before they close for good. Also when they start working actively at tearing the store out, keep checking their dumpster behind the store every week after closing and you can find more stuff as well as long as it isn't locked up.

My Menards store that has been open since 2000 just closed down and moved to a mega store down the road (literally 5 mins away). Before they closed I bought the hardware department desk, a few checkout aisle lights, some display pegboard and hardware, a ton of display light fixtures, and then kept rummaging in the dumpster and the trash bins sitting on the sales floor and claimed other odds and ends and signs for free as they told me they didn't care about it if it was in the trash.

A lot of people collect retail equipment (especially if vintage) and larger retail fixtures sell really fast because they cost a fortune in industrial catalogs, so the sooner you get your foot in the door, the better odds you have at claiming some stuff.

I was also at a Rue clothing store on closing day and they were selling all the mannequins and tables and display stuff. They also had all merchandise up to 80% off maximum. I got a $60 pair of sneakers for $3. lol

But really, probably a week before the final day, you should be able to go in there and you can pick out whatever you see, ask if you can buy it, and they will probably sell it, or if it is still needed, they will make you wait to pick it up after the last day. My Menards would just sell whatever I asked about to me for $5. lol

Post# 413924 , Reply# 23   9/16/2019 at 21:48 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I'm waiting till the end too to see if I can get a display vacuum for cheap. I wouldn't mind getting a Kenmore Crossover upright or an Elite canister as one last Kenmore vac. But I don't have much space.

Might get some more horsehair Kenmore dusting brushes too if they mark them down enough, so far only 20% vacuums and accessories. No bags left for any of my machines, they all sold out fast...

I've heard from people trying to get souvenirs from Kmarts that closed that they generally will sell decor, department or aisle signage, but nothing that has logos or trademarks, so might not be able to get Kenmore signage or shelf signs.

Post# 414358 , Reply# 24   9/28/2019 at 14:14 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I went yesterday and the vacuums were still only 30% off. And I'm thinking they probably won't get marked down anymore, since the store is closing next month. Except maybe the display models.

Post# 415326 , Reply# 25   10/25/2019 at 22:28 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Went to Sears again today - most clothes and shoes gone. Not many appliances or tools left either. Only about 8 vacuums left - all Kenmore display models, uprights and canisters. Not a great deal on any of them, in fact they were all nearly full price!! Should have looked to see if I could get any horsehair dusting brushes left. Was trying to get marked down cloth bags, but all sold out over a month ago.

Post# 415425 , Reply# 26   10/31/2019 at 10:01 by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        
Our "Hometown Sears" store closed

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And I couldn't be happier. They were great people. They only sold appliances, tv's and electronics, lawn stuff. You could order from the catalog and it would be 'in store' in two days. They sold a ton of Kenmore vacuum cleaners in the 30 years they were in business in our little town.

I sell so many Kenmore bags, and I work on Kenmore vacuums at least one a day. I signed up to be a Kenmore dealer and so I sell new Kenmore vacuums in my store. It's such an easy sale to an existing customer. Even with diminishing quality in recent years, the majority of people really liked their Kenmore vacuums. Being able to upgrade existing Kenmore customers to HEPA bags, new hoses, filters, brushes, etc. is a GOOD business and I make quite a bit of money now that our Store has closed.

Post# 415473 , Reply# 27   11/2/2019 at 17:06 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Interesting. I knew you were selling the Titan vacuums, but I didn't know you could sign up to sell Kenmore vacuums. I assume they're the ones that are the colors like Amazon, Lowes, etc sell which are different than the Sears sold ones?

I wish we still had a vacuum store here. All of ours closed about 20 years ago. The only place you can get vacuums other than the big box stores now are one of the appliance stores, but they only sell Oreck.

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