ANDERSON, Ind. —
Nearly a year since it left Anderson, Sears is coming back — sort of.
A new Sears Hometown Store is set to open in late April at 2015 University Blvd. The building housed the Family Christian Bookstore for many years.
Hometown stores — 1,238 of them, around the U.S. and its territories — are by no means of the same scale as full-fledged stores, nor do they offer the same variety. Essentially, they sell home improvement goods, such as appliances, tools, fitness gear, lawn and garden equipment, and mattresses.
According to a press release, the Anderson store will sell brands such as Maytag, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Bosch, Frigidaire and GE.
The store will also offer Sears Nationwide Service and Parts and Installation programs.
Customers can order in the store or online, and pick up their purchases without a shipping charge. Or, they can have a store associate help them order online and have their purchase sent to their homes.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to be serving customers in the Madison County community,” said Sears Hometown Stores district sales manager Sky Batley. “We look forward to being actively involved with other businesses and organizations that support the community.”
Calls to Church Builders Plus, which is handling the construction, were not returned.
Sears and Anderson go way back: The first one opened downtown in 1928, then in 1947, moved to where Anderson Public Library now stands. It moved to Mounds Mall in 1983, where it was when the store closed in April 2012.
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