Sears returns to Bellingham with a Hometown Store

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 7, 2013 

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Sales consultant Bob Hawkins, left, explains the features on washers and dryers to Wes and Deb Gannaway of Ferndale during the soft opening of the new Sears Hometown Store next to Whatcom Farmers Co-Op on Meridian Street in Bellingham, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The store sells appliances, tools, lawn and garden equipment and mattresses.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BELLINGHAM - The Sears Hometown Store at 3548 Meridian St. opened Thursday, Nov. 7.

The store will use nearly 14,200 square feet of the west section of the building, across the street from the Bellingham Golf & Country Club.

Once open, scheduled hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc. spun off of Sears Holdings Inc. in October 2012. Sears Holdings operates the full-line department stores.

A Sears Hometown store is smaller and focuses on appliances, tools and gardening equipment, including lawn mowers. In addition to buying products at the store, customers can order products online and pick them up at the store without a shipping charge. It also will have a service department.

Sears has a long history in the Whatcom County market but closed its 82,000-square-foot Bellis Fair store in January.

The arrival of Sears Hometown also will help fill a building that's been lacking a year-round retail tenant for some time. It was formerly home to Cascade Furniture, which closed at the beginning of the economic downturn; before that the building was home to the Michaels arts and crafts store before it moved north up Meridian Street about 10 years ago.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Business Blog at bellinghamherald.com/business-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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