Sears, Roebuck & Co. began as a watch store in 1893. In
1925, Sears opened its first retail store and catalog center on Chicago’s west
side. The growth of the catalog format is an early indicator of the vision of
the company, and the success it would achieve through a dedication to meeting
customers’ needs with quality products and exceptional service. From our
expansion from mail-order to retail stores, to the launch of Allstate Insurance
and the development of the visionary ShopYourWay social shopping platform, the
Sears name has been synonymous with forward-thinking and retail advancement for
more than 100 years.
In 1899, the company that would become Kmart was opened by Sebastian Spering
Kresge as a modest nickel-and-dime store in downtown Detroit. The low prices
appealed to shoppers, and the chain quickly grew into one of the nation’s
preeminent retailers. Today, Kmart has more than 1,500 stores and an Internet
presence that reaches millions of customers. The Kmart name has become a symbol
of Americana, standing for quality products at low prices.
The merger of Kmart and Sears as Sears Holdings Corporation
(SHC) closed on March 24, 2005, and the company continues to market products
under brands held by both companies. SHC’s corporate headquarters are in
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
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