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Is This the Beginning of the End for Sears?

Distressed retailer Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD  )  has announced that it's closing its flagship store in Chicago. According to management, the decision to close the store was made because it had been losing millions of dollars since it opened in 2001. The news comes only a few weeks after the company announced that it's cutting 7% of its workforce. 

In this segment of the Motley Fool's consumer goods show, Consumer Countdown, CG analysts Michael Finarelli and Sean O'Reilly join host Mark Reeth to discuss if the value for Sears lies in the retail sector, or if it is simply a property play now.

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  • Report this Comment On January 26, 2014, at 8:19 AM, MSFInvestments wrote:

    It appears I have to repost my comments ...again.

    Sears Holdings is a holding company. The retail is one of their businesses which consist of 30 others.

    Here is another,

    The retail will be focused on KCD, IP.. you may want to look into that.

    "The current value of the stock values the paid inventory only, forget the real estate." = Bruce Berkowitz


  • Report this Comment On January 26, 2014, at 3:15 PM, MaxxTheKatt wrote:

    When I was a kid, we went to Sears & Roebuck for EVERYTHING! It was the go-to-retail store for all consumer goodies. Quality goods. Now....thanks to incompetent management, it is dying! What a freaking shame!

  • Report this Comment On January 27, 2014, at 1:13 PM, weed wrote:

    I still get still shop at sears for my kids, lawn care and tools very often when on sale. I find the quality blows Wall-mart away. I hope they get some real MGT and save the company.

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