Last fall, not long after news broke that Sears would be leaving Towne West Square in December, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores announced it was looking to open on the west side.
The company, which is separate from Sears, has now signed its own lease at Towne West, though not in the same spot as the former Sears store.
The Hometown store will open in about 10,000 square feet next to the former Denim & Diamonds, where the Wichita Ballroom is moving.
Store manager Jackson Holbrook says except for apparel, the Hometown store “pretty much carries everything Sears did.”
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That includes home appliances, lawn and garden supplies, mattresses and tools with brands such as Kenmore and Craftsman.
“Pretty much anything you use at your house,” Holbrook says.
In that respect, the store will appear a little like the previous Sears store, he says.
“It’s not going to have the huge box store environment.”
Holbrook says the Hometown store will be a more manageable size and will be all on one level, unlike Sears was.
There are more than 1,250 Hometown stores nationally and in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.
Holbrook says the Wichita Hometown store will have a soft opening on April 16.