With a new, streamlined showroom and new owners, everything about Payson’s Sears has changed.
Gone is the big box feel with outdated fixtures. In is a smaller store with one of the newest designs in Sears showrooms.
Owners Joyce Kolb and Eddie Harrison say in a hurried 36-hour rush, they relocated TVs, refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges and yard equipment from the hometown store at 400 E. Highway 260 to 113 E. Highway 260, formerly occupied by Aaron’s.
Although the new space is half the size, Kolb and Harrison said the showroom holds about the same amount of merchandise although their warehouse space has shrunk to a fraction of the size. A change long needed.
“We had a lot of unused space,” Kolb said. “The warehouse was as big as the showroom.”
“It looked like a warehouse, but this has a homey feeling,” Harrison said.
Walking into the new space, customers are greeted by a large customer service station, home and garden to one side, Craftsman tools to another and home appliances to the rear.
Besides refrigerators and ranges, customers can order anything a full line store carries from one of two in-store computers.
Kolb and Harrison said merchandise is shipped normally free of charge to the store.
“We have trucks that come two times a week, so the longest wait would be three days,” Harrison said.
The move comes after longtime Sears employees Kolb and Harrison took over ownership from a former owner, who had missed a few rent payments.
At one point, the property owner padlocked the doors at the former location for seven days in April. Corporate came in, took over the store and started looking for new owners.
“We said we wanted to buy it,” Kolb said. “Through persistence we got the store.”
On Sunday, Aug. 22, Kolb and Harrison closed the former store, boxed everything up and moved everything across the highway with the help of family and friends.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the team behind us,” Harrison said.
All six employees from the former location have moved over.
“Our staff has been with us for years,” Kolb said. “They are great.”
This is the third move for Sears. For years, it was located at Beeline Highway and East Bonita Street and then the Rim Country Mall.
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