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Plenty of excitement surrounded the announcement Thursday of a new store locating at the Downtown Moneta development. Folks at the Lake were left guessing right up until developer George Aznavorian told the SML Chamber and other officials gathered for the unveiling.
And they weren’t disappointed.
The new 9,000 square foot building in Downtown Moneta will be a Sears Hometown Store.
“We are pleasantly surprised,” SML Regional Chamber executive director Vicki Gardner said of the announcement. “From an economic standpoint, this is a home run.”
Gardner expects the store to draw customers from throughout the region.
“This is going to be yet another reason to come to (this area),” she said.
Aznavorian noted that “we all grew up with Sears” and it should spur more growth in the development. “Convenience is everything,” he said.
Ed Sosniak, the region’s development manager for Sears Hometown Stores, believes locating a store there is a great opportunity for the community and the store. Sears now has more than 1,100 Hometown stores, a division of the company that caters to rural areas. The Hometown stores carry appliances, hardware and tools, home and garden items and electronics. It also has an Internet Solutions Center system at the store where customers can order any merchandise Sears carries, with no charge for shipping.
“(The Hometown store) will be able to sell anything a 100,000 or 200,000 square foot store can sell,” Sosniak noted.
He expects the store to attract customers from anywhere within a 20-mile radius, including folks from Bedford, Goodview and Huddleston, as well as from across the Lake.
The Hometown stores also get involved in sponsoring local events as well as local non-profit organizations.
The store, which will include the newest design of this type of store, is expected to be open by late fall. It’s not yet known how many employees it will have.
Store owner Wendy Rudisill is excited about the opportunity the store brings to the area, calling it “an absolutely perfect fit.