Today I heard that Sears Cananda is going to open a combination electronics/home fashions store...I know with the hardware stores and the homelife stores they have positioned in the US. Are there any plans to do this is the US also? Also, does this sound like positioning to remove all hard goods from mall stores and have fashions only in the mall to compete with JC Penney and others in the Mall? Anybody heard anything like this???
I couldn't find my calendar I thought maybe I made a mistake and scheduled my vacation at the wrong time-chris had me worried for a second I did forget to ask his permission-is it ok chrissy? By the way more cruises taken this time of year than any other or is that incorrect also chrissy? Don't you have any words of wisdom for us poor Sears people chrissy?
It has been talked about by some associates that I work with at Sears. I too have heard that Sears would like to remove hardlines from the mall stores. I can see their reasoning here. Margins on hardlines(lawn and garden, hardware etc.) aren't extremely high, and after paying associates' commissions I would imagine Sears does not make a great profit. The out of mall harware stores do not pay commission to their associates, thus it would seem logical for Sears to weigh this option. I'm in my last few months with Sears in lawn and garden so it won't effect me, but for some of those that work full time in these depts. it could mean a drastic pay cut eventually if this becomes a reality.
seriously doubt that this will ever come to pass, though i have seen it discussed on the boards before. the reasons being that sears hardlines depts are true destination centers for the store meaning that people specifically come to buy in these areas vs just happen to stop in while in the mall, thus the softline areas benefit from the draw they give the store. sears will continue to implement the smaller hardware stores and dealer stores to intercept those that feel it is too far to drive to get to a mainline store.