Amazon in talks with Simon Property Group on taking over mall space

Aug 10, 2020
But for those other mall tenants, sharing space with Amazon might feel like an insult.
A closed JC Penney department store in North Carolina. Amazon is in talks with Simon Property Group — which owns closed Penney and Sears stores — about using the space as fulfillment centers.
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Why "Sears light" concept stores are focused on appliances

Jun 21, 2019
Sears Home & Life stores are smaller and hope to attract "young, forming families."
The Sears Home & Life store is one of three in the U.S., and focuses on appliances and Sears’ well-known brands.
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After bankruptcy, Sears launches smaller stores

Apr 5, 2019
Sears is once again opening new locations, but much smaller Home & Life stores.
Sears is once again opening new locations, but much smaller Home & Life stores.
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Ex-CEO bids more than $5 billion to keep Sears open

Jan 16, 2019
Most of the bankrupt retailer's creditors want it liquidated, but not former CEO Eddie Lampert.

A Hail Mary bid to save Sears

Dec 7, 2018
The chairman of the storied retailer has proposed a $4.6 billion bid to save what's left of the 130-year-old chain.
A Sears store in Brooklyn, New York, in October.
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Sears' bankruptcy and the business behind closing a business

Nov 2, 2018
One retail chain's restructuring is another store's opportunity.
The Sears at University Mall in Tampa, Florida, where everything must go.
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Remembering Sears

Oct 16, 2018
Listeners describe their favorite memories of Sears over the years.
The Sears logo is displayed on shopping carts outside of a Sears store on May 31, 2018 in Richmond, California. 
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Remembering Sears

Oct 16, 2018
Listeners describe their favorite memories of Sears over the years.
The Sears logo is displayed on shopping carts outside of a Sears store on May 31, 2018 in Richmond, California. 
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Sears teeters on the edge of bankruptcy

Oct 10, 2018
The company is more than $5.6 billion in debt.
Customers shop at Chicago's last remaining Sears store on May 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Sears growing an Amazon partnership to at least install tires, when it can’t get the sale

Aug 29, 2018
Customers nationwide can now buy tires online at Amazon, and the local Sears will put them on. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
"The company told me they truly believe they are positioning the department store for a resurgence," says reporter Hayley Peterson.
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