The new Sears Hometown Store opened Thursday at Towne West Square.
Last fall, not long after news broke that the full-size Sears store would be leaving Towne West at the end of last year, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores announced it was looking to open on the west side.
Then in February, the chain – which is separate from Sears – announced it would open at the mall, though not in the former Sears space. It’s in 10,000 square feet next to the new 54 West Music Hall, which is where Denim & Diamonds used to be.
Except for apparel, the Hometown store carries most merchandise that Sears did, such as home appliances, lawn and garden supplies, mattresses and tools with brands such as Kenmore and Craftsman.
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Unlike the previous Sears store, the new Hometown Store is on one level. Store manager Jackson Holbrook previously told Have You Heard? that the Hometown Store is a manageable size.
“It’s not going to have the huge box store environment.”