Sears provided the funds through the over-priced purchase of (if I correctly remember) 54 overvalued Kmart stores to enable Kmart to pay off it's debt and put Kmart in a position for a MERGER. Other funds were provided by the purchase of another 6 stores (if I remember correctly) by Home Depot. And guess who had their hands in Home Depot at the time.
it was a good idea. But to be successful they should have been fully merged,close underperforming stores,keep stores with owned property, have gone into groceries sales at all locations unless impractical,have auto service and gas sales where practical. In other words, profiled Wal_Marts success, and brought in a new name.