derum

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It is reported that sears in the USA is heading to closure, which is very sad.
Many Americans may not know that a company called Sears was once huge in the UK.
Sadly many Britons did not know it either.
No relation to the American company, Sears PLC became, for a time, and amongst it's many other interests, the largest shoe company in the world, under the banner British Shoe Corporation. Under Sears ownership were stores such as: Wallis, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, Adams Childrenswear, Shoe Express, Shoe City, Saxone, Dolcis, Cable & Co, The Outfit, Lilley & Skinner, Trueform, Richards, Freemans Catalogue Store, Selfridges, The Selfridges Hotel, William Hill Bookmakers, - all well known high street shops to most people in Britain in the 70'/80/90's. Part ownership of The StEnoch's Shopping Centre in Glasgow, 3,000 retail shops being mostly leasehold with a few freehold jewels such as 190 Oxford Street and 330 Oxford Street known as the Top Shop flagship store.
Sears PLC finally disappeared after a long slow decline in the 1990's, after just over 100 years.
Sears in the USA, formed at a similar time, has lasted longer, but alas its days look to be numbered.
 

jts287

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In the States, Sears/Kmart had been dying for decades now. I can't think of a thing this corporation does that any clothing or general merchandise store doesn't do much better. I enter Sears a couple times a year because it exists between where I park and the rest of the mall, and really, since the Gymboree store closed, I don't need to go to the mall anymore either...
 

Dhaller

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The only things I ever bought from Sear were Craftsman tools, and now that they've sold that off (to Black & Decker), I have no reason to shop there ever again.

Like jts287, on the (increasing rare) occasions I visit a mall, I might park on the Sears side (because the lot is empty) and pass through it to access the mall proper; it's always sort of haunted by aging retail folk, and just fully looks the part of a doomed chain.

My office is actually in a converted 1926 Sear regional HQ/warehouse, and much of the architectural details have been preserved. It's 2.1 million square feet, and you can see what a commercial powerhouse Sears once was.

Hard to be big AND nimble! A lesson constantly revisited upon business.

DH

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eagle2250

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Growing up, I remember the arrival of the new Sears, Roebuck catalogue in the mail was such a big event. Sear's "big books" came in the Spring and Fall and then there was the 'Oh-so-anticipated' Christmas book! We kids lined up for that one, all champing at the bit to get started on our Christmas wish lists! Good memories. :)

Kind of sad to see Sears go by the wayside. :(
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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The only things I ever bought from Sear were Craftsman tools, and now that they've sold that off (to Black & Decker), I have no reason to shop there ever again.

Like jts287, on the (increasing rare) occasions I visit a mall, I might park on the Sears side (because the lot is empty) and pass through it to access the mall proper; it's always sort of haunted by aging retail folk, and just fully looks the part of a doomed chain.

My office is actually in a converted 1926 Sear regional HQ/warehouse, and much of the architectural details have been preserved. It's 2.1 million square feet, and you can see what a commercial powerhouse Sears once was.

Hard to be big AND nimble! A lesson constantly revisited upon business.

DH

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Do you visit Cobblers Union in your building? If so, what do you think of their shoes? I was going to stop in during my last visit to ATL but ran out of time.

Cheers,

BSR
 

Flanderian

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I remember buying Die Hard brand car batteries for $29.95! Had other good automotive equipment also.
 

Dhaller

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Do you visit Cobblers Union in your building? If so, what do you think of their shoes? I was going to stop in during my last visit to ATL but ran out of time.

Cheers,

BSR
I popped into the store once. It's a nice little store and the shoes are pretty, though I didn't buy any. I found the staff nice, but not particularly knowledgeable about shoes; the owner (who's not actually a cobbler) was there, wearing a tradesman's apron and puttering around (I think he does polish or otherwise service shoes to add a bit of theater). It felt like more of a "concept" store?

I'll probably try a pair eventually, but as my initial understanding was "locally made shoes" (they aren't), it fell beneath my expectations.

Next Atlanta visit I recommend trying Sid Mashburn (there are also a lot of terrific eateries around that part of town), which carries its own makes of a lot of things (shoes, trousers, suits, etc).

DH
 

FLMike

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Next Atlanta visit I recommend trying Sid Mashburn (there are also a lot of terrific eateries around that part of town), which carries its own makes of a lot of things (shoes, trousers, suits, etc).
I’ve said before, if I were given the choice of a single merchant from which to procure my entire wardrobe - from casual to professional and everything in between - I would choose Sid Mashburn.
 

Oldsarge

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Sears pretty much lost me when they discontinued their Farm and Garden Catalog. Ever since the current CEO/hedgefundidiot took charge it's been in a death spiral. And now he's trying to blame the retirees for its decline. Typical inept would-be business baron--everything is someone else's fault.
 

Howard

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It seems like just about almost everything is closing down and going bankrupt, the internet is winning!
 
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