New Sears Hometown Store Opens in Champaign

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses, and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sept. 9, 2014 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Illinois Sears Hometown Store today, September 9, 2014 in the Marketview Shopping Center at 11 E. Marketview Drive in Champaign.

The Champaign location marks the 10th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 23rd opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.

"We look forward to providing the Champaign community the largest selection of home appliances, tools, mattresses, and lawn and garden equipment at the lowest possible price," said Humberto Alessandrini, local owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Champaign. "Our highly-skilled Champaign team and in-store internet kiosks are ready to provide customers with expert product knowledge to ensure they're getting the best competitive pricing and the best product around - they can price check other retailers and read customer reviews right in our store."

This unique store format allows customers in small communities to have access to the great products and brands usually found only in Sears stores. For instance, the new Sears Hometown Store in Champaign is the only place in town where customers can find an incredible selection of the top appliance brands such as Kenmore®, Maytag®, KitchenAid®, Whirlpool®, Bosch®, Frigidaire® and GE®, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman® tools, fitness equipment, electronics, mattresses and more.

The Champaign team is excited to provide customers with professional advice, exceptional service and real-time price checks to make sure they receive the guaranteed lowest price. For instance, if a product is not available in-stores, Sears Hometown Store associates can order customers any product from the entire merchandise selection offered by Sears, including apparel, footwear, jewelry and much more. Customers also have the option to order products online and pick them up in the store without a shipping charge. The Champaign store also offers Sears Nationwide Service, Parts and Installation.

The Sears Hometown Store in Champaign can be reached at (217) 355-3125 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more about Sears Hometown Stores, visit www.searshometownstores.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 3, 2014, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,250 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.

Operating through two segments - the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer franchise and dealership opportunities focused on selling, as applicable, top brand home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and outlet merchandise. For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., visit www.shos.com. To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a store format, visit www.ownasearsstore.com.

SOURCE Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

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Jayne Levy
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