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SEARS PLANS HARDWARE STORES IN CENTER SQUARE AND TREXLERTOWN, PA.

 SEARS PLANS HARDWARE STORES IN CENTER SQUARE AND TREXLERTOWN, PA.
 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Merchandise Group today announced plans to open two free-standing hardware stores in Pennsylvania this fall.
 The stores will be located in Center Square, north of Norristown, Pa., in the Clover Shopping Center at 1301 Skippack Pike, and in Trexlertown, west of Allentown, Pa., in the Trexlertown Shopping Center at 7150 Hamilton Blvd.
 When the stores open, they will create 70 to 80 new jobs and provide do-it-yourselfers and professionals in the Center Square and Trexlertown areas with a wide variety of hardware and related products and services.
 Shaun Butler, national manager of Sears Hardware Stores, said both stores will feature electrical, plumbing, hardware and automotive products, lawn and garden supplies and equipment, hand and power tools, painting and decorating supplies and equipment, housewares, and an outdoor sales area for seasonal products.
 The stores will offer power tools by Skil, Makita, Ryobi, plumbing products by Moen and Peerless, paint and decorating supplies by Dutch Boy, Olympic and Wagner, and lawn and garden equipment by Toro, Troy- Bilt, McCulloch and Homelite.
 In addition, the stores will feature Sears well-known Craftsman hand and power tools and lawn and garden equipment, as well as Weatherbeater and Easy Living paints.
 Among customer services offered by the stores will be glass and screen repair for doors and windows, glass cutting, duplicate keys and lock rekeying, and exchange of propane tanks. For added customer convenience, shopping totes and carts will be available.
 The stores' functional designs will utilize industrial style fixtures, accented with bold, colorful graphics and bright overhead lighting to create a warm, pleasant shopping environment.
 The new stores are among more than 100 free-standing hardware specialty stores Sears operates in metropolitan areas to provide quality home improvement products and services for homeowners and professionals at convenient locations. Other freestanding hardware stores in Pennsylvania are located in Exton and Fairless Hills. The stores are in addition to more than 850 Sears retail stores featuring Craftsman Home and Yard Centers located in regional malls and free-standing stores.
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