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Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Kaua'i's First Day Without Sears..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

The Revelation of Sears Kukui Grove center ,Kaua'i, A Hui Hou Sears...
A sad day indeed as Sears is no longer doing retail business on the Garden Island.
Kaua'i's First Day Without Sears

Sears has just closed it's only store on Kaua'i. Today is the first day the Garden island has been without a Sears retail outlet in over 30 years.  Sears has been an American Institution since 1886. 

It is a true sign of the times as many Department stores around the country begin to close shop.  Retail history is changing and with so many people purchasing nearly everything online it won't be long until other Department stores take Sear's lead.

It has been reported that many Department stores are going to start charging a cover charge similar to bars just to get  in and browse, since so  many people go to the retail outlets  then go home and purchase online  what they tried on at lower prices. The cover charge would be applied towards any purchases should you  purchase  anything. If you do not buy it will cost you your cover charge, somewhere in and around  the likes of $5.00-$10.00

Sears  Kaua'i , which was one of the first retailers to open at the local shopping mall, "Kukui Grove Center" in 1982,

 The closure will leave will leave 41 associates  out of work. This all  happening after the largest Hawaii Sears store at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu  closed it's doors  last month.

So sad, definitely a sign of the times. Don't be fooled, the recession  is not over as reported in the news but rather another is on the horizon...

A Hui Hou (until we meet again) Sears

I cannot say it better, so enclosed is a brief history of the nostalgic Department store as outlined in the online encyclopedia  Britannica

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/531000/Sears-Roebuck-and-Company

In 1886 Richard W. Sears founded the R.W. Sears Watch Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to sell watches by mail order. He relocated his business to Chicago in 1887, hired Alvah C. Roebuck to repair watches, and established a mail-order business for watches and jewelry. The company’s first catalog was offered the same year. In 1889 Sears sold his business but a few years later founded, with Roebuck, another mail-order operation, which in 1893 came to be known as Sears, Roebuck and Company. In 1895 Julius Rosenwald, a wealthy clothing manufacturer, bought out Roebuck’s interest, and he reorganized the mail-order business. Sears meanwhile wrote the company’s soon-to-be-famous catalogs. The company grew phenomenally by selling a range of merchandise at low prices to farms and villages that had no other convenient access to retail outlets. The initiation of rural free delivery (1896) and of parcel post (1913) by the U.S. postal service enabled Sears to send its merchandise to even the most isolated customers. Rosenwald succeeded Sears as president of the company in 1909.

Between 1920 and 1943 Sears owned Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, which it sold through the catalog. In 1924 General Robert E. Wood joined the company and became its guiding genius for the next 30 years. Wood noted that the automobile was making retail outlets in urban centres more accessible to consumers in outlying suburbs and rural areas. To exploit this opportunity, he opened the first Sears retail store (in Chicago) in 1925, and the number of stores increased so rapidly that by 1931 retail sales had topped mail-order sales. The company flourished in the economic boom after World War II and was not seriously challenged as America’s largest retailer until the 1980s, when the Kmart Corporation surpassed it in total sales. Wal-Mart eventually surpassed both and became, before the end of the 20th century, the largest retailer in the world.

In the 1980s Sears diversified into such businesses as real estate and financial services, but by 1992 Sears began selling off some subsidiaries in order to concentrate on its lagging core retail operations. It discontinued its general catalog in 1993 and in 1995 spun off its largest subsidiary, the Allstate Corporation, an insurance company founded by Sears in 1931. In addition to selling household goods, hardware, and clothing, Sears provides repair services for automobiles and for household items such as appliances, electronic equipment, and home heating and cooling systems. Sears merged with Kmart in 2005.


YouTube, 2 minute history of sears;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7byMUCmtUn4

Check out my photo on page A-2 of the 07-26-13 edition of the Kauai Garden Island News,"Sears Final days: The revelation of Sears Kukui Grove, A Hui Hou Sears...
http://thegardenisland.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx


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10 comments:

KimoRosen said...

The recession may be over,however another one is not far behind...

Katie Peterson said...

Via facebook;"No way...!!!"

KimoRosen said...

Well, Detroit has gone bankrupt, Sears closed shop on Kauai and many other outlets around the country. Borders, numerous restaurants, 2- Cold stone ice creameries on Kaua'i.... Unemployment numbers seem to be shrinking that's because there are so many still unemployed from 2008 that no longer are a stat with unemployment insurance expired... Prices are increasing each trip to the grocery store, gas is outrageous, more people on food-stamps than ever in US history,need I say more...

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Yes,y'all will miss Sears but Kauai will survive,get rid of the missionaries & go back to the old Hawaiian way of kosher fish & Poi,Panda Express & bottles of Manischewitz wine,you are in paradise,what else do you want ?

KimoRosen said...

Unc, You always say it best with your wonderful words of wisdom!

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

We need the rebels of All Hawaiians at heart to rebel ,kick out missionaries who destroyed the Hawaiian Culture !!! who has the stronger god? Hawaiians were happy before the arrival of the missionaries who ban their gods , brought in diseases...& took their land away,Hawaiians,why you let them do dat ? back to natural's paradise,raw fish & poi,Panda Express,hula & worship their own gods,paradise regained

KimoRosen said...

The irony is so many Hawaiians are now Christian...

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Kauai is a fun town with no economic resources to support big ticket businesses ,soory to see Sears gone,Honolulu too

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Nothing wrong with any religions if the practice what they preach,with centuries of sectarian wars,are these good examples for Hawaiians ?Hawaiians are committing culture suicide if they permit foreign religions & politics to dominate over them.


Chester Lau They don't have to be,use their own head,if one do not hurt anyone physically providing others don't hurt them,& do the right things in life,why do anyone need to kow tow to any one to enter the next world,most religions are commercial entities asking for money any way !!!they should volunteer to pay taxes on incomes like all of us !!!or they are forcing you & me to pay for their national defense,police & Fire protections,is that FAIR ?
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Chester Lau They don't have to be,
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Chester "Unc" Lau said...

simple,reappoint George W.Bush to start more useless wars to boost the economy,reinstate the military draft so all must serve on front line duties to include politicians & their families not only the economically poor Americans !!! Detroit or any city can innovate & created useful jobs & industries to compete with China,India & Japan !!!stop complaining , use your head !!! Bill Gates,Steve Jobs...HELP !!!