Sears store is ‘home’ to stay
Whenever Curtis Regester hears rumors of Sears closing, it’s news to him.
Since 2006, Regester and his wife, Nita, have owned and operated the local Sears Hometown Store.
“This store is doing very well,” Regester said. “It should be noted that the stories on the internet and newspapers about Sears being in financial trouble and closing, that is Sears Holdings Corporation, which is a large Sears with big stores in the malls.”
The Regesters’ store is part of Sears Hometown Stores, a completely separate company from Sears Holdings.
“Even if Sears Holdings went down, we’d still be here since we don’t have any attachments to them any longer,” Regester said. “We have our own sources for merchandise and all of the logistics for Sears Hometown stores are completely separate, and we also trade separately on NASDAQ.”
A Southern California native and retired veteran, Regester also pointed out they’re open on Sundays.
“We don’t get much traffic on Sundays, but we are open that day and have staff here to serve our customers,” he said. “We’ve always been open on Sundays.”
Sears Hometown Store is Regester’s first venture into the retail business.
“My intent was to buy the store and stay with it at least 10 years and be part of the community so I could give back to the community and be available with an important product that’s not local,” Regester said. “We’re the only store in town that sells these products.”
Those products that sell well include all kinds of different appliances: refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, lawn and garden, tractors, lawn mowers, weed eaters, tools and vacuum cleaners.
“Our biggest seller is definitely laundry,” he said. “Last year, we changed the look and moved the laundry appliances to the front of the store to make it easier, instead of having them in the back of the store.”
The store’s busiest times of the year are usually April to June, then August and September and then Thanksgiving, he said.
For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!