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COLLINS – Could the plight of Sears have been avoided?

Sears store in Kamloops.

THE PLIGHT Sears is indicative of what is happening with many of our traditional shopping sources. And it could well get worse before it gets better.

The old way of shopping at your old department store has apparently eroded amid a trend for special interest stores, boutique shops and, most importantly, a move to heavy online shopping. It’s disappointing that the Sears store in Kamloops is among 59 stores across the country getting the axe, while several stores in the Lower Mainland will remain open. I assume it’s simply a matter of economics.

But I really wonder if Sears couldn’t have withstood the trend with better management. Most of us older folk, and those of us who grew up in small towns, remember the Sears catalogue.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5132 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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