Sears to make downtown return

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Walla Walla’s own Sears Hometown Store will open its doors this week.

The independently owned Sears branch will open at 207 E. Main St. on Thursday in the space formerly home to the Blue Mountain Humane Society Thrift Store.

The store, owned by Scott Hester, has been in the works just a few months. The 10,500-square-foot leased space has been decked out over the last week with inventory, including appliances, home and garden equipment, tools, exercise equipment and mattresses.

Its debut this week re-establishes a Sears presence after the closure of the Rose Street store last spring. Sears had been part of the community prior to that for decades, operating downtown on Main Street and at the Blue Mountain Mall.

The Sears Hometown Store model is becoming more common in communities on the outskirts of population centers. The stores are locally owned and operated and sell Sears products essentially on consignment with Sears. The inventory is backed by warranties and service.

This is Hester’s third Sears Hometown Store. He also owns branches in Baker City and La Grande.

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