ROTHENBURGER – Goodbye, Sears – mourning the end of the Wish Book era

THIS THING with Sears marks the end of an era, and the ending of eras is almost always sad.

Fifty-nine stores closing, 2,900 jobs lost. It’s called “restructuring.” Did you know that when the Kamloops store opened in 1954, it was the second one in Canada?  It was Simpsons-Sears back then.

I’ve been with Simpsons-Sears and Sears for roughly 60 years.

If you lived in a small town, and there was no Sears or Eaton’s, you could go to the mail-order office on the main drag and pick up a two-inch thick catalogue. If a thing could be made, you could order it out of that catalogue.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. Contact him at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – Goodbye, Sears – mourning the end of the Wish Book era

  1. Trish Keegan // June 26, 2017 at 9:47 AM // Reply

    Buy the KDN/Bay building. Open a more modest store downtown, with better prices, convenient location, cater to the growing downtown population.

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