Jacksonville Sears cuts the ribbon, welcomes customers
Jacksonville residents no longer have to head out of town to purchase a washer and dryer or other major appliances with the opening of the city’s Sears Hometown Store.

The store quietly opened its doors in September, but city officials and store staff celebrated with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Friday at its location at Jacksonville Crossing, more commonly known as the old Walmart building.

General Manger Andrew Lipham said the store continued the festivities through Saturday, hosting fun for the family with hotdogs and other refreshments, activities for children and a discounts on purchases at the store.

Store manager Andrew Lipham said the events went great. “We had a super turnout for our grand opening,” he said, estimating at least 500 people in attendance.

The store raffled off a gas grill, $250 gift cards, a cordless Eureka vacuum, electric blower, and a myriad of tools sets.

They also gave $25 gift cards to the first 10 people who walked through the doors on Saturday.

“We kind of cater to our customers because they’re our main concern,” he said, adding that word of those good experiences brings in new customers. “We’ve not heard one complaint so far.”
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