Sears: Bright Lights, Big Store

Sears finds a great new place to open up shop: The city

It's urban, it's trendy, it's...Sears? Not quite. But after decades of closing stores in cities and building them in the suburbs, Sears, Roebuck & Co. is changing course. In 1996, Sears opened three full-line stores in metro Los Angeles, one in Queens, N.Y., and another in downtown Oakland, Calif. This year, Sears is opening a Brooklyn store, bidding on a mid-Manhattan site, and may acquire real estate in Harlem. The company is also scouting locations in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

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