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SEARS PLANS HARDWARE STORES IN WEST BLOOMFIELD, SOUTHFIELD

 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- Sears Merchandise Group today announced plans to open two freestanding hardware stores in the Detroit area over the next few months. Each store will create 35 to 40 new jobs, while providing do-it-yourselfers and professionals with a wide variety of hardware and related products and services.
 The first store, located at 7490 Haggerty Road in West Bloomfield, will open next month and have a gross area of 20,500 square feet. The second store will open early next year in the Lincoln Square Center in Southfield. Located at 26235 Greenfield Road, the store will have a gross area of 21,800 square feet.
 "The 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, and housewares," said Jim Stilwell, district manager for Sears Hardware Stores.
 He said the stores will also have an outdoor sales area with 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 open roof trusses, industrial style fixtures, bold, colorful graphics, and bright overhead lighting to create a warm, pleasant shopping environment for both men and women.
 The openings will bring to nine the number of Sears hardware stores in the Detroit area. Other stores are located in Canton Township, Farmington Hills, Redford Township, Riverview, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, and Warren. There are more than 100 freestanding hardware specialty stores in metropolitan areas to provide quality home improvement products and services for homeowners and professionals at convenient locations. The stores are in addition to more than 850 Sears retail stores featuring Craftsman Home and Yard Centers located in regional malls and freestanding stores.
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 ~CONTACT: Gordon L. Jones, manager, media relations, Sears Merchandise Group, 708-286-4726~
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