Hey Sears: I passed your East 79th Street store a few days ago. From the front, I couldn't tell if the store was open or closed--not good for a retailer getting its clocked cleaned by the big-box behemoth from Bentonville.
Built in 1928 with a tower that can be seen for blocks, the 79th Street building is one of Sears' oldest free standing stores. It is very much open. And it used to look the part. Sears' own website described the store as originally having "lots of windows for light and ventilation."
Not anymore. With two-stories of bricked-over shop windows on two major unadorned elevations, the store looks like an unfriendly neighbor with shades pulled. Again, not good. It's a recurring theme with Sears older stores. These places--much like the company itself--need a makeover.Take a look at the Sears store on 62nd and Western in the photo below.