Six Texas Sears Hometown Stores Refresh Appliance Retail Strategy

Stores to Host Grand Reopening Celebrations April 28-29 to Unveil New Product Assortment, Redesigned Merchandising, Comprehensive Employee Training and More

GlobeNewswire 21-Apr-2017 4:11 PM

DALHART, Texas, April 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evolving to meet changing consumer needs and to embrace its nationwide branding as Americas Appliance Experts, the refresh of six Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores in Texas culminates with a grand reopening celebration April 28-29, 2017 at the locations in Alice, Brenham, Dalhart, Gun Barrel City, Jasper and Marble Falls. Throughout the celebration weekend, consumers are invited to enjoy an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store.*

The store refresh includes a new product assortment, redesigned merchandising, new fixtures & signage, and comprehensive employee training, among other changes.

Area shoppers will love that our refreshed stores are simplifying the sometimes overwhelming experience of shopping for new appliances, said Joseph Babineaux, a district manager of Sears Hometown Stores in Texas. In addition to newly trained sales teams, customers will discover that our in-store kiosks enhance the selection process, putting all of the brand names, product features and price comparisons at their fingertips. We look forward to continuing to provide our local residents with all the top name-brand appliances at a low price.

In the new store design, appliances will occupy more than half of the sales floor and include more brands with an improved presentation. The stores will also focus its appliances on innovative and value-added products from LG, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Samsung and Kenmore.

The new floor plan also includes the ability to showcase complete kitchen packages through the addition of three kitchen vignettes. This allows stores to display an entire four-piece kitchen from multiple brands in a small amount of floor space, making it easier for customers to choose products. Another new feature that simplifies the buying process is a designated laundry innovation area, showcasing multiple brands and innovations that lets customers easily explore the differences between the various product lines.

As part of the refresh, the Texas Sears Hometown Stores provide industry leading comprehensive training to store associates, including brand specific selling certification. These brand certified sales associates help ensure customers find the best product for their needs at the best possible price. Texas customers also benefit from a new touch-screen kiosk where they can work with a salesperson or browse on their own to explore product options or make purchases. With the touch-screen kiosk, associates and customers can review product features and benefits as well as various models from the entire online database of Sears products all while browsing models around the sales floor. Among major retailers, the Texas Sears Hometown Stores are leading the way for the integration of touch-screen devices into the sales process.

The Texas locations are part of a system-wide refresh of all Sears Hometown Store locations. The Company began updating units in 2015 and now has more than 560 Americas Appliance Experts locations across the United States. To learn more about Sears Hometown Stores, visit www.searshometownstores.com.

* Subject to certain exclusions, as detailed in print ad promotions available in the store. Also, not available on price-matched merchandise.

About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) is a national retailer primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware.As of October 29, 2016, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,115 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provide consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.

Operating through two segmentsthe Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segmentSears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer franchise and dealership opportunities focused on selling, as applicable, top brand home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and outlet merchandise. For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., visit www.shos.com. To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a store format, visit www.ownasearsstore.com.

For more information contact: Mike Garabedian, Fishman Public Relations, 847-945-1300 ext. 234 or MGarabedian@fishmanpr.com, or visit our corporate website at www.shos.com.

Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.