Sears Bridgewater closes down

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>GAYLE WILSON PHOTO</p><p>The grates were locked and only a smattering of goods and cleaning items remained in the Sears location on Bridgewater&#8217;s Dominion Street last week.</p>
  • <p>GAYLE WILSON PHOTO</p><p>Sears had operated in Bridgewater for 25 years before it closed its doors for good last month.</p>

Bridgewater Hometown Sears has closed its doors permanently after being part of the town's retail scene for a quarter of a century.

The sign has been removed and the grates were locked at the store on Dominion Street, which was virtually cleared of stock, and there was no answer on the telephone last week.

Curtis Swinimer, the owner/manager of the store for the past 23 years, was unavailable for comment. However, he explained about the store closing to his friends on Facebook September 21 saying that recent circumstances had left "no alternative.

"The restructuring of our parent company and the decline in traditional shopping habits definitely presented its set of challenges over the past few months.

"But the ripple effect of Sears filing for creditor protection was too overwhelming. Although we had hoped to weather the storm, it just was not possible. It finally got to the point when we realized we couldn't pull a rabbit from the hat," wrote Swinimer.

In June, Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy protection and announced it would lay off nearly 3,000 employees.

Under the court-supervised plan, Sears Canada was expected close 20 full-line department stores, 15 Sears Home stores, 14 Sears Hometown locations and all 10 of its Sears Outlet stores.

Horace MacPherson, owner of the Sears store in Liverpool, announced this summer he was ending his franchise with the company, which he held for the past 25 years.

However, he told LighthouseNOW at the time he would continue to supply customers with many of the appliances he sold under the Sears banner, but by sourcing them directly.

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