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Sears Essentials, 7501 Garners Ferry Road Suite A: Late 2008   15 comments

Posted at 5:26 pm in closing

I'm assuming that this location of Sears Roebuck will carry on through the holiday season. There doesn't seem to be any downside to that, and folks aren't going to hesitate buying from them since they know they can always do returns at Columbia Mall or Columbiana Center.

This store is something of an odd duck for Sears. It is the only Sears I've ever been in that has shopping carts and front check-out lanes. I know Sears bought K-Mart a while back, and this place felt to me like a Sears branded K-Mart. As far as I can recall, I only shopped there once, and ended up getting that retro-Atari (pong, battlezone, missle-command etc) box that was semi-popular a few years ago. Of course like a lot of re-released toys ("Cootie", "Candyland", "Lite-Brite") it wasn't as good as the original, and one of the controllers died the second time I used it.

Once the Sears goes, I think this plaza will pretty much be a "dead mall". It's already in really bad shape, and anyone with money is going to locate in the Wal-Mart strip across the road if they can.

UPDATE 29 February 2020: Changed the title from Sears Roebuck to Sears Essentials, added a full address, tags and map icon.

Written by ted on November 25th, 2008

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  1. This was a pilot concept store for Sears and was designed to help them compete with Wal-Mart and Target, though it tended to remind me of the latter.

    I didn't go there often because of its location (which I suspect is what killed it) but I enjoyed it everytime. I found their prices to be better than at the two mall sears.


    25 Nov 08 at 5:38 pm

  2. I went to this store yesterday to see what was left, expecting huge markdowns. Instead they have "up to" 30% off on the full blown MSRP. Actual example -- a plain Dockers sweater with the full price on the Dockers tag of $54 marked down to $38. This is an item I can buy at Belk anytime for $25. Same scene in every department. Sears is out of touch with the retail world and deserves to be in trouble.


    29 Nov 08 at 4:36 pm

  3. Dennis, apparently that is very common with liquidators now. Sears more than likely hired a liquidator to sell the inventory.


    30 Nov 08 at 6:37 am

  4. Dead mall? No way! Bangkok restaurant -- the best Thai place in town -- is still there.


    4 Dec 08 at 1:39 pm

  5. Heads up......The link to Bill Apse in the above post contains the Downloader Bankos virus according to Symantec.

    Terry Edwards

    5 Mar 09 at 4:12 am

  6. This store was originally opened as the old-style Wal-Mart retail store (not sure when). When the Wal-Mart supercenter was opened across the street in 2004, Sears took over the retail space and opened it as a modified Sears concept store (stocked with most items you'd expect to find in any Sears but also with household items that you would find at Wal-Mart or K-mart). As a resident of the community immediately behind this shopping center, I found it to be a very convenient one-stop-shop to buy hardware etc.

    Unfortunately, the location received very little shopping traffic, and the store closed in late 2008. The space sat vacant through most of 2009, much to my disappointment (vacant retail spaces seem to invite crime).

    As of early 2010, a new business has opened up called Southeastern Salvage. It seems to be something along the lines of a discount retailer for home improvement items (similar to Big Lots). Hopefully it will survive.


    21 Jan 10 at 1:47 pm

  7. Lee -- I'm going to guess that original WalMart was built in 1988. Used to travel that corridor every day at that time.


    22 Jan 10 at 9:45 am

  8. is Southeastern Salvage closed because today i went to wal-mart and saw the parking lot lonely


    2 Jun 11 at 8:51 pm

  9. Heard this was going to be an Ollies.


    12 Sep 11 at 6:35 am

  10. What is going on is this:

    Southeastern Salvage took over a good portion of the former
    Walmart turn Sears but still left ≈50K square feet left. I had lately fantasized about Roses taking it over but it appears now that Ollies is going to take over according to the site plan for East Pointe Plaza

    (btw the address shows up as 7501 Garners Ferry Road on Phillips Edison's site plan for this center, called East Pointe Plaza)


    12 Sep 11 at 10:16 am

  11. folks, here's an article from The State's that runs every Friday announcing Ollie's taking the space that Southeastern Salvage didn't after Sears left...


    28 Oct 11 at 10:11 am

  12. Ok folks, I saw earlier this week that on January 25, 2012 at 9 AM, Ollie's will have their grand opening in the portion they are opening up in that was still available after Southeastern Salvage opened up

    My dad and I went in Southeastern Salvage last summer and didn't find anything he needed for a home improvement project he was working on but walking around, I could see elements of both Walmart and Sears in it (Walmart style Emergency Exit doors but an entrance that reminded me of Sears)...


    10 Jan 12 at 11:43 pm

  13. I walked around when it was all of the above iterations. As the salvage place, I also was struck by how it reminded me of an old school walmart layout. When you first walk in, at least at the old Two Notch one, they had customer service on the left, then mens and on the first aisle towards the end was baby stuff. Don't know why that's stuck with my all my life. I can imagine being there now.


    9 Jun 12 at 10:55 pm

  14. It's not branded as Sears Essentials, which was what the Kmart-turned-Sears stores were (there was also one in Georgia that opened a few years later as just Sears and featured a slightly different merchandise mix as the Sears Essentials did...but then it was converted back to Kmart before closing for good).

    After the merger with Kmart in 2005, they may have began running this under the Sears Essential umbrella.

    Aaron J.

    5 Aug 20 at 12:05 am

  15. This location was actually a pre-supercenter was a Sears the whole time it existed (but never had a Kmart).

    I do miss Kmart, though and hated that our last two closed last December...


    5 Aug 20 at 1:32 pm

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