One of the Last Open Sears Stores is in NY! Wanna See Inside?
Not abandoned, in fact it's fully operational. 'Help Wanted' signs are even posted at the entrances. The phrase 'Welcome to Sears' is rarely uttered today, but back in its heyday, there were about 3,500 stores.
Today, somewhere between 25 and 30 full size Sears stores remain nationwide. One of the last is located at the Newburgh mall in Newburgh, NY. It's about an hour and a half drive south of the Capital Region.
From the looks of things, it appears to be doing pretty well! There's plenty of merchandise, it's all pretty well organized, they're even promoting their legendary 'Great American Tent Sale' - although we don't see any tents.
Sears was Amazon before Amazon. They had EVERYTHING. This store seems to be holding up that tradition. From this tour you can see there's no shortage of clothes, shoes, sporting goods, appliances or tools.
What is missing? Customers. Sure these photos and video may have been taken on a low traffic day, but a store this size needs all the traffic it can get. Still, if you're in the market for some Kenmore appliances or Craftsmen tools, Sears in Newburgh has you covered.
If you can't make it down to Newburgh, let's take a virtual tour of one of the last of this great retail chain.