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Once nation's top retailer, Sears now faces bankruptcy. A timeline of its rise and fall.

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Once nation's top retailer, Sears now faces bankruptcy. A timeline of its rise and fall.

Sears is flailing. As it fights for its life, here's a look at the company's rise to becoming the nation's top retailer, and its fall. 1886: Richard W. Sears, a railroad agent, starts selling watches as a side gig in Minnesota. Later that year, he founds the R.W. Sears Watch Company in Minneapolis