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Sunday, 14 January 2018

End of an Era

The very last day for Sears in Canada.   We dropped in for a few minutes just to say we walked around Sears on the last day.  Nothing left but some fixtures they were selling off.  They had an amazing amount of floor space there.   It's the end of an era.   We had such great stores here when we were young and right on up into our adult years...we had Eatons, Sears, Woolworths, Steadmans....great old stores and great memories of them.  Now about the only department stores we have left are The Bay and Wallymart.  The Bay is upper crust and pricey, Wallymart is, well, Wallymart.  It's just not going to be the same.  Well, nothing stays the same.  We don't stay the same either.  I'm not sure if it's progress or not though.

10 comments:

  1. I'm remembering the shock of when Montgomery Ward went down ...
    Yep, an end to an era. It's sad, really.

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  2. I miss the Sears of my younger years, they were always the place for me to buy tools because they were guaranteed for life, I really hate to see them going out like this, we still have some here in the US but it is most likely just a matter of time.

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  3. Adapt or be left behind. Stores and customers. If enough of us wanted big box they would/will be here. Speaking as the person who doesn't navigate them well, small loss. But, a whole lot of able body people seem to be leaving them behind, too.

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  4. Sears never made it down this way.

    I have fond memories of the stores that were around when I was a little kid...of the long lolly/candy counters in Woolies and Penneys (now Coles). Where you'd stand as a little kid, clasping your sixpence, or if you were flush on the day...one shilling, in your hand. With your head barely reaching the height of the glass-dome-covered long counter - eagerly and excitedly waiting for the paper bag to be filled with lollies of your choice...a variety of lollies/candies, of personal choice.

    Fun, heartwarming memories.

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  5. Ours closed over a year ago, and I miss it very much for certain things. We are running out of decent stores here, too!

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  6. That's a sad moment. I remember doing the same when our Harris Scarfe closed, all that empty space...but then the entire block got revamped with new stores built and a "bigger and better" Harris Scarfe. I've been there, but it doesn't feel as comfortable as the old one was and I don't shop there anymore.

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  7. Our family always lived in small towns and it was a thrill to go to Tulsa or Oklahoma City to shop. At least it was a thrill for everyone but me. I hated shopping then and now and the internet is perfect for me. Still it is sad to lose Sears. After my divorce all our good credit went my husband and I was a new person, unknown in the finance world. Sears was the only place that would extend me my first credit for washer and dryer.

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  8. I remember getting the Sears Christmas catalogs and loving to look through them, especially their Christmas one. We would keep it all year until a new one was sent. Sears has been struggling for years and I am sorry to see it’s demise. I would imagine that J.C. Penny’s is not far behind. Times change, and much more quickly today.

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  9. Sears will be missed. That store was like bread and milk, a staple of the American people, from farmers to city dwellers. Going to a Sears meant good value and a productive trip to the store as the one's around here carried everything you could think of. Our last one in my area left a few years ago and there are still a few that are way too far away to travel to. We make do with K-mart, Wal-mart, Kohl's, JC Penney and various other specialty stores like New Balance, Olympia Sports, and Dick's Sporting Goods and shoe stores. Online shopping has surely cut into the box store business. I am a bit guilty of it myself. Have a great day!

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  10. Sad ... nothing ever remains the same.
    Things move on - some for the better but alas some not.

    All the best Jan

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