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Sears, Columbiana Centre: Early March 2014   27 comments

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Well, it's old news now, but Sears at Columbiana Centre is closing, and today was the first time I was able to get out that way to get some shots. I'm going ahead with a pretty-well-in-advance closing to give us a landing page to talk about it, and because it's pretty big news. Hopfully I will get inside shots for an update at some point. Certainly the pre-printed closeout signs in these exterior shots are pretty familiar to us all by now (blurry or not..).

It appears that Belk will be taking over some, though not all of this space.

Frankly, given how hollowed-out the Columbia Mall store is at this point, I expected it to go first.

UPDATE 11 February 2014 -- Here are some interior pix from 9 February:

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Written by ted on February 3rd, 2014

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  1. Ok - I am going to start this one off with a trip down memory lane. How many people out there are old enough to remember the Sears catalogs? Especially the Christmas wishbooks? I mean, this was the internet of the day...:^). Every year this inch thick book showed up in the mail with everything a kid could wish for Santa to bring down the chimney. I found a site that has a bunch of Sears wishbooks (as well as other retailers) ranging from 1933-1988. They are entire catalogs so be patient if it takes a bit of time for them to load. Here's where you can check them out.....

    http://192.185.93.157/~wishbook/

    ENJOY!!!

    Homer

    3 Feb 14 at 3:13 am

  2. Actually I had to read this twice. I would have guessed that Columbia (Place) Mall's store would be closing first.

    badger

    3 Feb 14 at 7:49 am

  3. I saw the store closing sale the other night and my first thought was, wow, I guess if the stuff at K-Sears was too expensive for someone, they're in heaven right now. I haven't felt compelled to set foot in a Sears since the merger with KMart, and for a few years before that only to buy Craftsman tools. When they stopped offering the lifetime warranty on most of those, that was the end of my use for Sears.

    Jason

    3 Feb 14 at 10:05 am

  4. When very young, the catalog is how we decided what we wanted for Christmas. Who remembers Sears and Roebuck in Five Points? With the big sign out front that proudly read "Sears Town".

    rick

    3 Feb 14 at 11:24 am

  5. ^I remember the big Winnie the Pooh inside.

    tonkatoy

    3 Feb 14 at 11:28 am

  6. I never got over the closing of the 5 Pts store, still don't understand that decision!

    Robert S.

    3 Feb 14 at 12:35 pm

  7. I wasn't around when Sears left Harden Street but I've gathered it was to move out to what was then Columbia Mall when said facility opened in 1977.

    I feel like said location has two strikes against it:

    1) Sears is rumored to be on the way out
    2) Columbia Place Mall doesn't exactly have the strongest community reputation anymore

    If/when Sears departs Columbia Place Mall, regardless of what CBL is able to harness to bring in, the mall is likely to continue to decline. Last time I was in said mall about 2 years ago, I noticed a shoe store of some sort that took over the former Old Navy that utilizes the bottom floor only and blocked off the escalator with custodial signage which I was turned off by.

    I also wonder how many of you that remember Sears in Five Points can relate to the following Andy Rooney sentiment on Sears:

    Sears...whatever happened to Roebuck? You never hear Sears Roebuck anymore. Call if you're out there Roebuck.

    Andrew

    3 Feb 14 at 3:59 pm

  8. Hey Everyone,
    I cannot recall any of the Sears stores that you are talking about on here. I do remember going to Sears as a kid and I always liked to look at the appliances. I may be the only kid that liked to do that. I guess I liked seeing the fake foods they would put in there to show what something could hold and then I remember dishwashers were clear so you could see the washing action. My mom would have to pull me away. I went to the sears closing sale about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Even though it was near the start of the sale they did not have a lot of stuff. I am guessing they stopped getting trucks a long time before they announced the closing. I was thinking about getting a new stove and refrigerator but all they had was the floor model and they were only 15% off at the time. I know they would run them at 25% off before they were closing. The store is a complete dump and looks just as it did when it opened. I do recall that the store expanded at sometime in the early late 90's I want to say. I was only in HS at the time so I did not really care about Sears then kind of like now. Sears and Kmart have zero connection with anyone my age or maybe anyone even a little older. Sears was a place that my grandma liked to shop. I did buy my first tv at Sears and I still had it up until a year ago and it worked great. I am looking forward to seeing what Belk does with the space. I am kind of glad that men will have their own store to shop at. It feels like a lot of times men are left out of stores and the space we have to shop is tiny and the girls have 3/4 of the store.

    William

    3 Feb 14 at 5:28 pm

  9. There is actually a picture of the Harden Street Sears here.

    And, of course, I remember the Christmas Wishbook. I don't know how many times I just *happened* to leave that out, and open to a particular page around Christmas..

    ted

    3 Feb 14 at 5:59 pm

  10. OK - here are some of my 5-Points Sears memories (aside from all of the dog-eared Christmas Wishbook pages).

    I know it was because I was little, but it seemed like it took forever to walk from one end of the store to the other.

    I witnessed my first solar eclipse while there. It was so weird to see it get dark and all of the lights come on in the parking lot in the middle of a Saturday.

    Our first artificial Xmas tree came from there. My folks used that tree until about 10 years ago. I bought them a new one just so I didn't have to help put that worn out thing together every year!

    My Dad love Craftsman tools. We still have ton of hand tools and a 40+ year old table saw that still works like a charm.

    We used to have a garden tractor/lawn mower that Dad bought in 1968 when he would plant a large garden every years. He gave it away some 20+ years later and it was still in perfect working condition. It had been rolled over several times and even down a 10 foot embankment with him on it once!!!

    And now one for you guys. How many of you (and if you say no, I know you are lying) strayed towards the women's lingerie and 'unmentionable' section of the catalogs? Sort of like sneaking peeks at 'certain' articles in the National Geographic magazines....

    Homer

    5 Feb 14 at 12:17 am

  11. @Homer, I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about--

    I remember that eclipse -- we drove down to the beach to see it as the coast was in the middle of the "full" zone while Columbia was on the edge.

    It seems like every eclipse was prefixed with "for the last time in the next 100 years" yet somehow they kept on happening every few years..

    There is a Five Points Sears post btw..

    ted

    5 Feb 14 at 12:59 am

  12. Hey Ted - I've seen the 5-Points post before. I think that was the first place I posted the eclipse comment. I've been looking at some of the catalogs that were referenced by the link in my post from the other night and there are toys in some that I don't even remember. It's a kick to see some of that stuff again!!!!

    Homer

    5 Feb 14 at 1:06 am

  13. There was an unmentionables section of the Sears catalog? Really?

    I had no idea!

    Ahem...on to other things.

    I don't remember the eclipse, but my parents took us to the beach to see it. They said it was completely eerie.

    Incidentally, on Monday, August 21, 2017, we will have another eclipse with the line of totality passing through Lexington. Write it on your calenders!

    http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/maps/cities/clt-columbia.gif

    http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/cities.htm

    tonkatoy

    5 Feb 14 at 7:36 am

  14. I remember Sears catalogs, especially the last one that came out in 1994.

    I hate to see Sears close more stores. What other major department stores are left that feature appliances, home and garden, an automobile service center, etc?

    At some point, Sears Holdings will have one less banner to worry about. Kmart is as good as gone.

    Tiger

    17 Feb 14 at 3:52 pm

  15. Closed.

    Jackson

    18 Mar 14 at 5:42 pm

  16. The Sears Auto Center bays have been demolished...

    Andrew

    25 Jul 14 at 5:00 pm

  17. Watashi ga nari fakku za manikin moshi kanojo ta riaru.
    I kind of speak Japanese, and work for a Japanese company so, figure it out for a good laugh.

    Rick

    25 Jul 14 at 6:02 pm

  18. @Rick - From what I can gather from some online translators it's not nice.... Is there an F-bomb in there somewhere??

    Homer

    26 Jul 14 at 1:06 am

  19. @Homer - Oh shoot, you're right. My friend was helping me translate after a few brews. That is not what I wanted to say at all. I'm going to kill him. I guess my Japanese is not as good as I thought.

    Rick

    26 Jul 14 at 9:13 am

  20. Homer - I telephoned my "So called friend", he was laughing his A$$ off. I should have known better, we have been punking each other for years.

    That's okay, it might take me a while but, I'll get him back, and GOOD.

    Rick

    26 Jul 14 at 11:09 am

  21. @Rick - I hate translating foreign languages! What did your drinking buddy actually tell you that the comment was and what is it Actually? You can e-mail my personal account if you don't want to post it here. Here is what Google translate came up with...

    If she was real money to f#$# between my seat is.

    Sounds like a kinky interlude with someone of ill repute.

    I used to be able to translate the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet to English pretty good. But it's nothing compared to the symbolic Oriental languages!!

    Homer

    28 Jul 14 at 1:56 am

  22. Homer - I sent e-mail to your personal account.

    Rick

    29 Jul 14 at 10:01 am

  23. @Rick - I saw the e-mail. Too funny. Japanese humor is pretty weird in my book.....

    Homer

    29 Jul 14 at 5:43 pm

  24. Homer - It is rare I find their humor funny.
    I do however find them to be funny in general.
    Their expressions the way they walk, the clothes they wear, etc.

    Rick

    30 Jul 14 at 1:42 pm

  25. Amen to that, Rick. What you said and other things....

    Homer

    31 Jul 14 at 12:28 am

  26. The State ran an article speaking to the new Dave & Buster's that is ready to open...

    Andrew

    12 Feb 17 at 6:52 pm

  27. ted

    24 Mar 17 at 2:15 am

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