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Timeline: Sears' rise and fall as nation's top retailer
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:30:01 AM »
1886: Richard W. Sears, a railroad agent, starts selling watches as a side gig in Minnesota. Later that year, he founds the R.W. Sears Watch Company in Minneapolis.
1887: A watchmaker named Alvah C. Roebuck answers Sears' help wanted ad. Sears moved his company to Chicago.
1888: The medium the company would be known for, the catalog, debuts. The first one had only watches and jewelry.
1889: Sears sells his watch business for a profit of $72,000.
1893: The two men join forces again called their new venture Sears, Roebuck.
1894: The catalog's page count jumped to 322 and included everything from sewing machines to sports equipment.
1895: Roebuck exits the company.
1906: Sears offers stock in an IPO.
1908: Co-founder Sears retires.
1925: Sears opens its first store. It was in Chicago.
1927: Sears creates Kenmore brand for appliances and Craftsman brand tools.
1931: Sears introduces Allstate Insurance.
1933: The Christmas catalog debuts
1941: Sears stops offering groceries by mail order.
1945: Sears tops the $1 billion sales mark.
1946: Sears launches plan to build stores in suburbia.
1953: The Sears credit card is introduced.
1967: Sears creates DieHard batteries.
1968: The Christmas catalog is re-christened the Wish Book.
1973: The Sears Tower, then the tallest building in the world, becomes Sears's new home in Chicago.
1975: Sears becomes the exclusive supplier of Pong.
1981: Sears buys stock brokerage Dean Witter and real estate chain Coldwell Banker.
1985: Sears introduces the Discover Card.
1991: The company loses the distinction of being the nation's "top-selling retailer" to Walmart.
1992: The corporate headquarters relocates to Hoffman Estates, Ill.
1993: Sears stops producing the Big Book catalog. The company also sold Coldwell Banker and Sears Mortgage Banking Group as well as close to 20% of Allstate and spun off Dean Witter.
1994: Sears sells the Sears Tower.
1995: Sears spins off Allstate into a separate company.
1998. The Christmas catalog website,, debuts, one year before goes live.
2002: Sears buys Lands' End.
2005: Kmart and Sears merge.
2013: Sears sells its $30 billion credit portfolio to Citibank.
2014: Lands' End is spun off.
2015: Sears raises $2.7 billion by selling stores to Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust
Jan. 4: Sears announces a $500 million loan from CEO Edward Lampert's hedge fund. The company had already gotten loans of hundreds of millions of dollars previously.
Jan. 5: Sears reveals its plan to sell Craftsman to Stanley Black & Decker for an estimated $900 million.
March 9: The company announces it lost $607 million during the fourth quarter.
Tuesday: In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Sears discloses "substantial doubt exists related to the Company's ability to continue as a going concern."
Source: Sears, USA TODAY research
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Re: Timeline: Sears' rise and fall as nation's top retailer
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 11:27:06 PM »
JANUARY 16, 2019  Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with $5.2 billion bid: sources | Reuters

Lampert's not through skinning the cat.