Kitchen Tune-Up Announces Partnership with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc.

Retailer Bringing Kitchen Tune-Up Kiosks to Showrooms and Hardware Stores

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (July 3, 2013) – In today’s fast-paced society where consumers are often short on time and every second counts, the demand for convenience and value continues to grow. In an effort to provide added services and a more robust shopping experience for its customers, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS), is partnering with Kitchen Tune-Up to offer kitchen remodeling services.

Kitchen Tune-Up serves residential and commercial customers and specializes in affordable kitchen remodeling. Services range from restoring and repairing existing wood cabinets, to refacing cabinets and replacing doors and hardware, to installing completely new custom-built cabinetry.

“So often, consumers come in looking to refresh their kitchens with new appliances to create an updated look. By offering Kitchen Tune-Up in our locations, they can also take advantage of wood and cabinet updating services that will help them get the look they want without having to completely remodel the entire area. What might be a daunting project for some of our customers becomes much simpler to manage and complete,” said Scott Nichols, Director of Franchise Business Development for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. “In addition to the consumer benefits, our franchisees gain a whole new service offering that adds tremendous value to their business.”

The partnership allows franchisees and dealers that operate Sears Home Appliance Showrooms stores and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores to purchase a Kitchen Tune-Up franchise at a reduced investment and place a kiosk within their existing store. Kitchen Tune-Up kiosks will be available in six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms stores and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores across the Mid-Atlantic this summer.

“We decided to partner with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. because our businesses align well together,” said Jeff Dorn, Senior Vice President of Operations for Kitchen Tune-Up. “We’re targeting the same types of customers that frequent Sears Appliance Showrooms stores and Sears Appliance & Hardware stores so it makes perfect sense to have each product offering in the same building. Customers updating their homes with new appliances can easily stop by the Kitchen Tune-Up kiosk and learn about cabinet refacing and other services. This partnership is truly creating a one stop shopping experience for consumers.”

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries present a unique business opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in having the brand power that the Sears name brings. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer four different store formats and three franchise opportunities. Aside from providing access to a widely recognized brand, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide franchisees with training support, purchasing power, inventory assortment and management and assistance, as appropriate, with financing, computer systems and marketing, among other services. As of February 2, 2013, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,245 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., please visit www.shos.com. To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. store format, please visit www.ownasearsstore.com.

About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.(NASDAQ: SHOS) is a national retailer primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees have stores located in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provides consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.operates through two segments—the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment. The Sears Hometown and Hardware segment’s stores are designed to provide customers with in-store and online access to a wide selection of national brands of home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools, sporting goods and household goods, depending on the particular store. The Sears Outlet stores are designed to provide customers with in-store and online access to purchase new, one-of-a-kind, out-of-carton, discontinued, obsolete, used, reconditioned, overstocked and scratched and dented products across a broad assortment of merchandise categories, including home appliances, apparel, mattresses, sporting goods, tools and lawn and garden equipment at prices that are significantly lower than manufacturers’ suggested retail prices.

About Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in affordable kitchen and bath remodeling. We offer wood reconditioning “Tune-Ups”, cabinet refacing and redooring, closet organization, and custom cabinetry. Kitchen Tune-Up has been franchising since 1988 and territories are available nationwide and in Canada. Learn more at kitchentuneup.com or ktufranchise.com.

SOURCE Kitchen Tune-Up

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