Expansion at Sears Outlet leads to jobs coming to East Bottoms

Posted July 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
July 30, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – More than 150 jobs are coming to the East Bottoms this fall.

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Sears. The size of the Sears Outlet allowed for a new central distribution center for the South-Central region. This new repair and distribution center is expected to create nearly 160 new jobs to be filled by Kansas City residents. Joe Jarosz

Sears Outlet Stores, a subsidiary of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS), has leased the former Sears location at 3632 E. Front St., to expand its Outlet Store operations and services, while offering mass job creation. The massive size of this location allowed Sears Outlet Stores the ability to develop a new central distribution center for its South-Central region. This new repair and distribution center is expected to create nearly 160 new jobs in Kansas City.

Originally leased by Sears Holdings Corporation, the facility included warehousing, distribution, repair service and a Sears Outlet retail location. The lease of the 354,000 square foot property was taken over by Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores earlier this year. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores saw the opportunity to expand and began repurposing and renovating the facilities in the spring of 2014. The company expects to have the project complete by early fall of this year.

Peter Nero, vice president of real estate for Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, said in a press release that during renovations, the store has remained open to the public. With a presence in the Northeast since 1968, he added Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is looking forward to continually building relationships with neighbors for years to come.

In addition to the new distribution center, Sears Outlet Stores have invested in updating and remodeling both its retail location and the building’s exterior. The retail space in this location has expanded over 50 percent, increasing the selection of home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools, sporting goods and household goods available to the public. The retail store, which now boasts more than 27,000 square feet of retail space, has also expanded its assortment of merchandise, bringing in new categories like apparel and furniture.

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.

The Sears Outlet Store located at 3632 E Front Street in Kansas City, Mo. is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about Sears Outlet or employment opportunities, visit www.searsoutlet.com or contact the local facility at (816) 483-2693.