County Sears stores to close
By Chad Ingram
Published Oct. 12, 2017
The Sears stores in Haliburton County are closing in the wake of the retailer's announcement this week that it will shut its remaining locations and liquidate its inventory.
Sears Canada announced Tuesday, Oct. 10 it was seeking court permission to liquidate about 130 remaining stores, and their merchandise, across the country. In June, the chain announced the closure of 59 stores and was granted protection from its creditors. Its stocks were also halted, as the company planned a restructuring.
However, it became clear this week the longstanding chain will close its doors.
Both the Sears store in Haliburton Village and the Sears catalogue depot in Minden will shut down.
Adrian Vargas, owner of the Sears store in Haliburton, said he received a conference call on Oct. 10, the day the national announcement was made.
“They basically stated that Sears is going out of business,” said Vargas, who has operated the business for the past four years. “We're liquidating everything as of Oct. 19.”
Vargas said the store may close for a few days ahead of that date, to prepare for the liquidation, the nationwide period for which could last up to 14 weeks.
As for what Vargas, who owns the building along Highway 118, will do next, he's not yet sure.
“Right now, we're just looking at all the options,” he said.
Vargas thanked his customers and expressed apology.
“The bottom line it's come down to, is we want to say sorry it's happening, to all our customers and friends,” he said. “We're saying sorry to the public and to our customers.”
In Minden, Rawnie Moore, who's run the catalogue depot for more than 13 years, told the paper she received an email from Sears with the news.
“I got an email just telling me . . . so sad, but it looks like we're closing,” Moore said.
As for how the closure of catalogue pickup centres would work, “they really don't have any details on that yet,” Moore said, but indicated she didn't believe the depots would be involved in the liquidation sale, so therefore probably closing as of Oct. 19.
“None of my customers will be affected,” Moore said. She said returns and repairs for appliances are typically handled through the manufacturer.
Four months ago, Moore started a used furniture shop in part of the building she owns along Bobcaygeon Road. Between the shop, renting out some space, and perhaps acting as a depot for something else, she told the paper she would be fine.
“It was a fantastic business,” she said of running the Sears depot. “I'm not really worried, as much as I am sad.”
Sears Canada began as Simpsons-Sears in the early 1950s, a partnership between the Canadian department store chain Simpsons, and the American company Sears, Roebuck and Co.
About 12,000 people nationwide will lose their jobs in the closures.