Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Named One of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For(TM) by the National Association for Business Resources

July 24, 2013 // Franchising.com // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (SHOS) has been recognized by the National Association for Business Resources on the list of "Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™". The list includes companies that outshine the rest in employee relations, innovation and communication.

The organizations participating must uphold and represent best practices in human resources and innovation contributing to increased productivity, motivation and employee morale. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. has proven itself worthy of recognition as the organization excelled in multiple categories, making a name for itself as an outstanding company for which to work.

Of the 10 categories used to evaluate the noteworthy organizations, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. went above and beyond in the following: Employee Achievement and Recognition, the extent to which an organization rewards outstanding achievement; Communication and Shared Vision, the effective exchange of information from leadership to employees and the magnitude to which an employee is given a platform to voice opinions, ideas and concerns; Diversity and Inclusion, the degree to which an organization promotes a tolerant, multi-cultural work environment; and Strategic Company Performance, the level of which a human resource team collaborates in an effort to enhance performance company-wide.

"At Sears Hometown and Outlets Stores, Inc. we understand how important employee satisfaction is to the future of our organization," said Bruce Johnson, President and CEO of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "We focus on recognizing the hard work and dedication of our employees and are constantly implementing creative programs to enhance morale. Allowing our employees to feel confident and comfortable within our work environment is a major contributor to our success."

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 and Outlet Stores 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. As of May 4, 2013, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,253 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provide 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 The National Association for Business Resources

The National Association For Business Resources, based in Warren, Michigan, boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit NABR online at www.nationalbiz.org.

For more information contact: Candice Hudson, Fishman Public Relations, at (847) 945-1300 or chudson@fishmanpr.com or visit our corporate website at www.shos.com.

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