Sears was a profoundly Canadian store and a titan of the industry for decades. When this writer was just a kid, one of my fondest memories was when the new Sears catalogue would show up at the local post office every fall. Raised in a small farm town on the central plains of Alberta, there were no shopping centres or malls anywhere within hundreds of kilometres, so the thick Sears catalogue that arrived each year was an mystical window into another world where all kinds of stuff beyond imagination was at my finger tips.
The arrival of the catalogue also signalled the slow but steady beginning of Christmas season, as hours would be spent going through the large toy section, marking off everything I wanted Santa to leave under the Christmas tree. It was a magical experience indeed and I always wondered just how many of the requests made would show up Christmas morning each year.
Sears Canada is will now close its final 74 full-line stores and eight Sears Home stores as it undergoes a full liquidation process. It’s the end of an era as a Canadian giant of merchandising shuts its many doors for the final time and passes into the annals of Canadian history.
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