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SEARS TO OPEN EIGHT HARDWARE STORES IN COLUMBUS

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Merchandise Group today announced an expansion of its freestanding hardware store program, opening eight 20,000 square foot Sears Hardware stores over the next four months in the Columbus metropolitan area.
 "The stores will create about 300 new jobs, while providing do-it-yourselfers and professionals in the Columbus area with a wide variety of hardware and related home improvement products and services," said Roger Detter, national manager for Sears Hardware stores. The new stores will quadruple the amount of hardware space Sears offers in the Columbus area.
 The eight stores are in addition to one existing freestanding Sears Hardware store and hardware departments in Sears three mall-based retail stores in Columbus. Three of the eight stores replace smaller stores. Sears first freestanding hardware store opened in Buffalo Grove, Ill., in 1983. It was 4,000 square feet and carried mostly paint and painting supplies.
 Today there are nearly 80 Sears Hardware stores in major metropolitan areas providing quality home improvement products and services for homeowners and professionals. These stores are in addition to approximately 800 hardware departments in Sears retail stores in regional malls and other stores across the country.
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 /CONTACT: Gordon L. Jones of Sears, 614-326-1013 or 708-286-4726/
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