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Sears Outlet opens in Modesto

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is making its second store opening in a week with the addition of a new Sears Outlet Store in Modesto, California.

"The Modesto community can expect a treasure hunt feel as they explore our wide variety of products, all at a great value," said Sajid Malik, store manager of the new Sears Outlet Store in Modesto. "It’s like a paradise for shoppers who love to find bargains. Plus, we have a highly-trained staff in place that’s ready to help guide customers around the store and teach them about the differences in brands or models, so they can find exactly what they’re looking for."

The store, in typical Sears Outlet fashion, offers more than 18,000 sq. ft. of retail space with bargain items that are often discontinued, used, reconditioned, overstocked or cosmetically blemished.

The store, located at 1800 Prescott Avenue, officially opened its doors on July 31, making the seventh Sears Outlet Store to open this year and the 18th of all Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats.

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Sears Hometown breaks ground in Oklahoma

BY HBSDealer Staff

Oklahoma is getting a new Sears Hometown location, slated to open July 30 in Shawnee, about 45 minutes east of Oklahoma City.

"We look forward to providing the Shawnee community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, and lawn and garden equipment at the lowest possible price," said Ryan Guyer, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Shawnee. "Our highly skilled Shawnee team and in-store Internet kiosks are ready to provide customers with expert product knowledge to ensure they’re getting the best competitive pricing and the best product around — they can price check other retailers and read customer reviews right in our store."

The Shawnee location, like other Sears Hometown stores, will be outfitted to provide local customers with products and brands usually only found in Sears stores. Customers will also be able to order any product offered by Sears, with the option to order the products online and pick them up in-store.

The new store, which will be the sixth Sears Hometown Store to open this year and the 16th of any Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats, will be located at 4901 N. Kickapoo St., Suite 3001.

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From Walmart to Ace to Emery-Waterhouse

BY Ken Clark

Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse, the hardlines distributor acquired by Ace Hardware Corp. in February, announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as VP of Sales.

Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing over 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership, including 13 years with Wal-Mart in various leadership positions, as well as eight years as a partner in a family owned and operated construction company.  

Most recently Chibante served as the regional manager with Ace Hardware covering New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

He will officially begin with Emery-Waterhouse Aug. 1.

In his new role at Emery, Chibante will help Emery’s sales team achieve the company goals of making customers more profitable and making the distributor easier to do business with. 

“Charles brings new energy, innovation and an impressive track record to our team,” says Emery-Waterhouse CEO Steve Frawley. “This position represents a continued investment in our ‘Driven by your Success’ customer-focused value proposition.”

Chibante will be based in Pennsylvania.

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