Monday, April 18, 2016


By now, you know Sears in the Viewmont Mall is closing in the summer.  It's not a new story.  Sears has been downsizing in recent years.

Sears was the first Viewmont store to open, way back in 1968, and I remember what a big deal it was-- clothes, candy, hardware, appliances, sporting goods, tools, and even a little restaurant tucked off to the side.

The Sears issues are a combination of a company that lost its way, and changing times.  Sears isn't anything special any more.  Places like Dick's took away the sporting goods business.  Lowe's and Home Depot ate away the tools, hardware, and appliances.  Best Buy and HH Gregg chewed away at electronics.

That left clothes and shoes, and you can get clothes and shoes at a lot of places.

I walked around the Viewmont Sears last week, and it was sad.  There are big, empty spaces.  The Land's End section, which I always thought was a nice feature, didn't have much.

There wasn't much of a reason to be in Sears, and that's the problem.