There's still a Sears here in town. The manager says he has an agreement to use the name and sell their stuff. (He still sells both Craftsman and Kenmore.) But he owns it and Sears has nothing to do with running it, so regardless of what Sears does, he can stay open. I've been in there and they have lots of refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, tools and lawn mowers. No clothes and no toys. The Sears website still includes toys but it's almost an afterthought and clearly it's not the draw to kids it used to be. Despite the trend toward buying online, for toys around the Christmas season I think you still need a "brick and mortar" place to shop.
Wow, I'm guessing that in 1977 an electronic chess game must have been pretty expensive! And you still have it! A chess fanatic but still a terrible chess player, I've collected sets for decades. I have 3 old electronic sets, all still work. 2 I got from Radio Shack probably 20 years ago, (another victim of management mistakes) and one I found a few years ago at a yard sale. On the highest level, my Radio Shack chess can take up to 2 hours to move. These days, I just play on the PC. John
Were I lived in North BUrnswick NJ there was(is?) a stand alone Sears store with Auto center there. I remember going WIllowbrook Mall in the mid 70's around CHristmas and all the stuff set up for purchase at the sears and spending HOURS playing with the Fidelity Electronics Chess and Checkers! I got one for Christmas about '77 and I still have the chess game.
Not a lot of icon stores left now.
David and the CoolCyberCats
Growing up in the 1960s, the Sears catalog was just a natural part of Christmas. Sears owned WLS radio, (World's Largest Station) and built what is to this day, the world's tallest building. (I count occupiable space, not empty towers that give a false impression of height.) Kenmore was the world's most successful appliance. Craftsman was the world's most successful tool brand. When they sold the Sears tower, I knew they were in trouble. I can't remember off hand whether they sold Kenmore or Craftsman, or both, but I knew that was the end. I'm just jaded enough to figure, the executives who ran it into the ground are undoubtedly floating away on golden parachutes. Of course, I'm just as amazed that Toys-R-Us went down but in their case, I have no idea what happened. John
Wow. I knew it was coming for a long time, Eddie Lampert caused it and it may have been a slow death by him so he could make a lot of money.
I remember how big Sears was in the 70's and 80's and going there at Christmas time and all the toys they had. My father got all his tools from there. Appiances! Who did not grow up with a Kenmore?! THey were in ALL the malls. People built Sears homes after WWI and WWII! Remember the catalogs?
Time marches on.