Two months after Sears Holdings closed its store at SouthPark Mall in Moline, a smaller version of the major department store will open next month in a former Goodwill Store at 4241 Avenue of the Cities, Moline.
Darrick Bickford, a franchise owner of the new store, said it is a common occurrence in smaller communities after Sears closes a store that Sears Hometown Stores surface, offering a limited merchandise line.
"We actually carry all the same stuff, but focus on lawn and garden, tools and appliances," Bickford said. "There are over a thousand in the country, mostly in smaller markets. There is no affiliation with Sears Holdings. As of 18 months ago, we were part of Sears, but we broke off to form our own company with long-term agreements with Sears."
Sears Hometown Stores were developed about 20 years ago and are locally owned and operated.
Bickford said he is franchise owner of stores in Clinton, Iowa, and Sterling, Ill., and is co-owner of the Moline store with John Evans.
The store will open in mid to late January.
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“We are delighted to have Darrick Bickford and his team serving customers in the Moline community,” said Eric Nowaczyk, district sales manager, Sears Hometown Stores. “Darrick is putting together a knowledgeable team. They are focused on providing customers with great products, exceptional customer service and a wonderful store experience.”
The new store will offer the same appliance brands, such as Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Bosch, Frigidaire and GE, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman tools, fitness equipment, mattresses, and more. It also will offer Sears Nationwide Service and Parts and Installation. In addition, customers will have access to all products that Sears offers which can be ordered online and picked up in the store without a shipping charge, including clothes, shoes and other items sold in all Sears stores, Bickford said.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to open our doors soon to the customers in this community with our great products and services,” Bickford said. “I look forward to being able to bring our customers in the Moline community a fun and friendly place to shop.”