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The “other Sears” is in monetary turmoil, identical to its extra well-known mother or father firm.
Sears Hometown Stores Inc., a franchise-owned unit of Sears, has filed for Chapter 11 chapter safety.
Sears spun off Sears Hometown in 2012 to provide the mother or father firm a much-needed infusion of money. Transformco reacquired the corporate after it purchased Sears out of chapter in 2019.
The common Sears Hometown retailer is barely 8,000 to 10,000 sq. toes, a fraction of the scale of the common full Sears, which is about 160,000 sq. toes. The chain concentrates on promoting home equipment, instruments and out of doors tools.
Roughly 100 Sears Hometown shops are at present working — down from 700 simply three years in the past. There are roughly 15 full-line Sears shops left.
The chapter submitting lists belongings of lower than $50 million and liabilities of a minimum of $50 million. It additionally lists Eddie Lampert, the CEO of Sears’ holding firm Transformco, as a 37.75% proprietor of Sears Hometown. Sears Hometown by no means stopped relying on Sears Holdings for nearly every thing. Most its items, logistics and promoting help got here from Sears Holdings.
At one level, Sears Hometown had higher prospects than the primary Sears chain, as a result of it centered on residence merchandise and its smaller dimension is “more optimal than the huge department stores,” famous Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail, in a observe to shoppers Tuesday. However, he mentioned that Sears Hometown squandered its potential below Transformco.
“Instead, it has followed the similar pattern of continual decline that has been the hallmark of Sears, with hundreds of stores closing earlier this year. The benefits of having access to unique merchandise via exclusive products has also been lost as the various brands Sears once owned have been sold off and are now distributed more widely across retail,” Saunders wrote.
He added: “Bankruptcy will allow various assets to be sold off and will likely give Transformco flexibility in deciding how to distribute its remaining brands and services.”