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Another One Bites the Dust - Big Box Store Demolished
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Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:39 am
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Today the demolition started on the old K-Mart store. The store closed over a year ago. I heard there may be a decision as early as today as to whether Sears would totally fail. K-Mart and Sears merged some time ago.  

The building was in bad shape. The roof leaked in several places.  I had seen days in which plastic tub merchandise was used to collect rain water that percolated through the roof. 

My daughter and I drove by a few hours ago to take photos. A man joking yelled, “That’ll be a dollar.” Yes, that is the hood of my SUV.

Today is the feeling of the end of an era. The end of companies that couldn’t compete is today’s market.  The big shame is Sears. That business had the structure in place, they didn’t go internet in time to save themselves. 

Side note, I noticed Lands End selling on Amazon.  They had been selling inside Sears stores. 

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Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:45 am
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I’m not sure what lies ahead but A LOT of the world as we once knew it is crumbling and disappearing.

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Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:57 am
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I have never been a fan of big box anything, I guess that’s my age showing.

Small stores where the you actually have interaction with the customer has always been my preference when I worked in them. When I shop I prefer to do so leisurely, the touch of the object is important to me. The internet does not allow that so I rarely shop that way.

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The Sears in my area is closing next month. The auto center has already shut down. I knew this day was coming. Anyone could see it.

I expect JCPenney will be next, if the new CEO can’t turn it around. (A few years ago they hired a CEO who nearly ran the company into the ground through a series of changes that did not fit the JcP brand. Remember that the next time someone chirps at you, “Change is good!” Not always…)

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It really really really pisses me off the most about Sears. I have my great grandmother’s organ sitting near me, it’s over 100 years old and came from Sears. They had Amazon beat, they even sold houses! All they needed was a website and some actual leadership. It’s disgusting to watch greedy people run a company into the ground. Disgusting! Make sure they get a bonus though bless them.

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Sears was the greatest store at one time.  I used to buy all of my appliances there and they had that Craftsman tools line that my husband loved.  Now I think there are only 5 of them left in NJ, none by me.  They all closed.  

We just had our local Walmart close.  It was so convenient.  The nearest big box stores to me are now 10 miles away or more.  We have a couple of local, old-time hardware mom and pop shops that are amazing.  They beat Home Depot, etc., by a mile for customer service and even inventory.

I prefer going shopping and looking at things in person, but for hard to find things I use the internet.

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1981, we (my siblings & me) did a Secret Santa gift exchange, with wish lists from the recipients.  My new brother-in-law wanted a Craftsman tool set – I forget what exactly, but easy-peasy for me, because I got his name, and only that one item on his wish list.

He was becoming a mechanic, and building his collection of quality tools.

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This may be a rant about Sears.  That store should not have failed.  Those 3 houses are Sears houses. The tree hides the one on the left where my very private co-worker lived. It was haunted. The houses are probably 100 years old by now. Still standing. 

My husband Big Sadge declared Sears dead when they sold off their Craftsman tools. Most of his are Craftsman.  We have purchased many appliances from them over the years. Our still working microwave came from Sears, made in July ’82. I just checked its manufacturing tag.  It lists numbers, not a name for manufacturer.  

My mother says her mother could order an item out of the Sears Roebuck catalog, via mail in Kentucky, and it would arrive the next day at the town post office. The US mail traveled by train to Chicago where the order would be filled overnight and shipped out the next morning. Sears could do overnight delivery for people who posted mail near the tracks.  PLUS those old catalogs came in handy in the out house. Yes, I went there. 

As for JC Penney, they did mess up with their changed direction a few years ago.  Everybody waited for the sales, so why confuse customers as to when they would happen?  Maybe they should sell through Amazon like Lands End. 

I heard later today that something is already planned to build at the K-Mart site. That’s good news.  Wal-Mart is in its third location in my town. The original site is now a vacant lot.  The second site was subdivided into several different stores, the largest one closed last year. 

The town in the next county over has not allowed Wal-Mart to move in. It’s horse country. Their K-Mart closed last year. It is still vacant. Their original K-Mart is now demolished after being a flea market for a decade. A hotel has been build in its site.

I know it is evolution of the market. I hope it is upward evolution, not de-evolution. 

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I didn’t realize Sears built houses.   I used to get my car fixed at the Sears auto store back in the ’80s.  I still have my Kenmore stove.  I think I got it around 2007 maybe.  It was the only stove at the time that had a warming drawer.  I used to have a lot of parties and that was the greatest thing for keeping things warm.  I have never had one repair to the stove and its still going.

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I think they sold house kits. The buyer had to put the house together.

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When I was a kid in the 80’s, we used to get thick catalogs every year. I can’t remember which store it was, but I distinctly remember planning out my future house with it. Bedding, wall sconces, hardware for the bathroom, EVERYTHING. That was a lot of fun. 😊

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That sounds like the Spiegel catalog.  I remember buying things from that and the JC Penney catalog.  

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Spiegel was really good.

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I forgot about Spiegel.  I found a web page for Spiegel.  The catalog wasn’t available, but they had a page for a sewing machine they sell.  https://www.spiegel.com/

Their history page said they sold animals in the 50s. An elephant could be purchased for $4,500, not including air freight.

Apparently the company went bankrupt in its early years, in 1888. It came back in 1893. Selling on credit saved the company.

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Okay, so JCPenney has just decided to stop selling appliances and most furniture. Appliances were not a big selling item for them, apparently.

Between Sears failing, and JcP’s decision, I expect my sister and BIL to do some brisk business at their appliance store. They sell new and used ones, and do repairs as well. 

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