Bulletin Staff Report

The Sears Hometown store in Redmond has closed. It was the last vestige of the 127-year-old former retail giant in Central Oregon.

The store at 224 SW Sixth St. shut its doors for the last time Oct. 12, according to an e-mail to The Bulletin from Sears Hometown spokeswoman Lisa Lizotte in Chehalis, Washington.

“It’s permanently closed,” Lizotte said.

Franchise owner Ron Troutman and property owner Ron Bryant could not be reached for comment. Sears Hometown stores in Bend, Madras and Prineville closed last year.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc., based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is a 2012 spin-off from parent company Sears Holdings, which owns the Sears and Kmart brands. Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy in October 2018. In February 2019, ex-Sears CEO Eddie Lampert bought Sears under a new holding company, Transformco.

Sears Hometown, often operated by franchisees like Troutman, focused on appliances, tools and equipment. The Sears Hometown website lists 10 stores still in operation in Oregon.

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