So Sears is having trouble. I think that statement should be appended, again. Without using the google machine, I believe they went through something before, but I don't remember. It sort of like actors dying. You see them on television and it's like, "Isn't that person dead?"
Don't have that problem with musicians.
Back to Sears -- and K-Mart, because K-Mart is part of the Sears holdings. Some stores are closing, I think I've seen it listed as 100, 120, and 125. We'll see. An industry analyst said, paraphrasing, "Well, duh, it's no surprise. Shopping at those Sears is boring and their prices are uncompetitive."
That's true. We have a Sears in our 'big town' of Medford and have shopped there a few times. Appliances still appear to be a good buy, as are tools. Clothing is not so exciting, nor are housewares.
The store is old, and well, it feels tired. The aisles are crowded, and the flourescent lights were turned on in 1970, back when the store was built. It's one of those form follows function big, windowless brick buildings colored in tones of fading bananas. There are rarely many buyers there. It's sad but it is the way of business, isn't it? I guess it means more to me because it was part of my childhood life, along with the stalwart, Woolworth's.
When I was growing up in Pittsburgh and its suburbs in the Keystone State, Sears was one of the places we went to buy school supplies and new clothes. Lots of things were different then. We only had the three networks and a UHF station, on which I sometimes tried to watch "Monty Python", possible if the atmospheric conditions were right and I managed the rabbit ears just so. Two lane roads ruled. McDonalds were a novelty. We'd never heard of a Pizza Hut or Dominos. For a treat, we liked to go to GC Murphy's and get three hoagies for a dollar. They may be where I picked up my sandwich addiction. Seven Elevens popped up with their convenience and these concoctions called either Slurpees or Icees. I never got into those.
Then the Monroeville Mall was built. A K-Mart arose in a field, and suddenly we had options besides Sears and Murphy's. I well remember walking to the Mall for its opening. I think I was thirteen. I walked there with my friend, John L, who lived five houses up the street. Located on Route 22, aka, 'The Parkway', this Mall, like the K-Mart, was sit waaaayy back from the main road and had only a few roads to reach the parking lot, forcing a walk through a plowed, muddy field. Good times.
The Mall's big anchor stores were Joseph Horne's, Gimbels, and JC Penney's. There was a G.C. Murphy's in the Mall, which was cool because I could get my sub fix there. The JCP is the only one of those still there. I think JCP has been having troubles, too, but don't quote me. So many stores have come and gone, I lose track of them more often than actors.
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