City Times Staff
After four months of success, Sears Hometown will open its doors for a formal grand opening on Feb. 26 and 27.
The event will include giveaways, gifts and fun activities throughout both days. Families are invited to bring youngsters to get photos with a life-sized Tickle Me Elmo on Saturday between 11 AM and 1 PM.
Other visitors to the store include “very recognizable people”, according to a news release from co-owner Bill Hoffman.
Hoffman and his business partner, Caleb Cordy, reopened the store last October in south Stevens Point after a seven-year absence. The store moved from that location in 2007 and was relocated to Plover under a different owner, but Hoffman said the return to its former location on Church St. brought some customers to tears.
“We had a woman crying here, she was so happy to see it return to this space,” Hoffman said last year.
According to Hoffman, the store has already seen wild success in its first quarter, having obtained the Sears “premier status” level of operation.
“You really can come home, and with wide open arms the community has rallied behind this move,” Hoffman said via email, adding sales had “surpassed” expectations. “Stevens Point — along with our own feelings — not only missed Sears, it needed Sears back and functioning correctly.
The store is located at 3274 Church Street. The public is welcome to attend.
Sears Hometown Store is open Monday-Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM.