HARDWARE STORES

Sears store opens in an Ace

BY HBSDealer Staff

So far this year, four Sears Hometown Stores have opened around the country. Of particular interest is the opening in Selma, California — inside a hardware store.

On Jan. 28, California Sears Hometown Store opened inside the Nelson Ace Hardware store in Selma.

“We saw a distinct need in the Selma community for an appliance outlet,” said Mike Nelson, owner of the Sears Hometown Store in Selma. “With the store-within-a-store format offered by Sears Hometown Stores, we can add onto our existing business and truly provide a one-stop-shop for home improvement needs. Shoppers will now have access to a wide selection of top brand name home appliances at the lowest possible price.”

Other openings of Sears Hometown stores, the franchise brand focused on appliances, tools and lawn and garden products. In Selma, the store-within-a-store will sell products, including Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Bosch, Frigidaire and GE, a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman tools, fitness equipment and electronics.

Also this year, a Sears Hometown opened in Caribou, Maine, inside the Options Rent-to-Own Store.

Other Sears Hometowns have opened this year were in Mason City, Iowa, and Fayetteville, Georgia.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has reported a slight dip in retail sales activity for the U.S. in December, though building material and garden equipment & supplies dealers saw their coffers rise.

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $448.1 billion, down 0.1% over November.

However, this figure is still 2.2% above December 2014.

As for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (NAICS 444), advance December estimates came in at $28.2 billion, up from November's haul of just shy of $28.0 billion. That's up 0.7% for the month and 4.2% for the year.

Only furniture and home furnishings stores, plus sporting goods, hobby, book &music stores (both up 0.9%), as well as food services and drinking places (0.8%) saw larger monthly increases.

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