Carrie Rengers

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores looking to open on west side

Sears is leaving Towne West Square in early December, but Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is looking to open on the west side.

“It’s usually a pretty exciting deal,” says Fred Carter, regional development manager.

The stores typically are in 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, about half of which is for appliances. Lawn and garden supplies occupy about 30 percent of the space, and items such as tools, mattresses and exercise equipment occupy the rest of the space.

“We’ll start looking for locations,” Carter says. “I’ll be up there probably in a couple of weeks.”

The chain, which has more than 900 Hometown stores nationally, also needs to find an owner for the store.

“In these type markets we typically find an owner pretty quick,” Carter says.

The store isn’t a franchise. It’s a licensed business, and the owner will make a commission on items sold.

The Hometown stores started in 1993. In 2012, the division split from Sears Holding Corp. and is now publicly traded.

Carter says there’s a chance the store wouldn’t open if the chain can’t find an owner.

“There’s a possibility, but I’m feeling sure that we will be there one way or another.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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