By Josh Friesen, firstname.lastname@example.org
POCATELLO â€” Sears Hometown on Garrett Way in Pocatello technically opened back in late November.
Now â€” almost four months later â€” the store is ready for its grand opening.
â€śItâ€™s just a big shindig,â€ť said co-owner Tim England. â€śThey call the one in November a soft opening, and a soft opening is trying to get the hiccups out so when the grand opening happens, everybodyâ€™s happy.â€ť
The grand opening of Sears Hometown is set Friday and Saturday, with a ribbon-cutting Friday at 11 a.m. There will be food, beverages and a raffle in which folks can win a Samsung Blu-ray player, a Kenmore gas grill, a Craftsman lawnmower and a Craftsman mechanics tool set. The drawing is Saturday at 5 p.m.
Folks who visit Sears Hometown on Friday and Saturday will also be treated to 10 percent off just about everything in the store. There will also be donation cups available, with all proceeds going toward pastor Jacqualine Thomasâ€™ Big Mommaâ€™s House.
Sears Hometownâ€™s November opening came two years after the Sears store in the Pine Ridge Mall closed its doors, and almost one year after England found himself out of a job.
England had been driving a post office truck to and from Boise. As he hauled less and less mail, he began to realize his time as a truck driver was probably limited.
â€śI knew change was happening,â€ť England said. â€śAnd I wanted to work for myself.â€ť
England still remembers the day he learned about the opportunity with Sears â€” it was Feb. 10, 2016. Just 17 days later, he was let go from his truck driving job.
So he and his father, Doug, who owns the store with his son, began looking into opening Sears Hometown in Pocatello. In August, the Englands were finally able to secure real estate at 2215 Garrett Way, a building that used to house a Napa Auto Parts store.
From August into October, the Englands were in full remodel mode.
â€śThere was basically a general contractor, me, my dad and one of my dadâ€™s friends that did this whole thing,â€ť England said.
â€śFrom about Nov. 9 to Nov. 24-ish, we were stocking. … It was a lot of work. I donâ€™t remember much from August to November.â€ť
Though Sears Hometown was open for a short time the day before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving day, Black Friday was when the store really took off.
â€śA lot of people didnâ€™t know we were here and it was still crazy,â€ť England said.
Between then and now, England has watched the store that he and his dad have built flourish. The kinks have been worked out, and theyâ€™re ready for their storeâ€™s grand opening.
Between leasing deals, a Sears card that enables users to take advantage of one-year interest-free financing, free shipping for online orders and the ability for folks to utilize a Searsâ€™ Craftsman tool exchange, England has faith that Sears Hometown will continue to thrive in Pocatello.
He hopes the new store attracts more business to Garrett Way, and wants to make the most of the opportunity to prove to the community that he, his dad and Sears Hometown are great options for those looking to buy appliances, tools, lawnmowers and everything in between.
â€śI have faith in the city,â€ť England said. â€śI want people to have a good experience â€” I really do. And I want people to be treated well â€” I really do. I really have faith that once people give me a chance, Iâ€™ll get the product that they want, and theyâ€™ll get the service that they need. … I try my best in every way to help you. When it comes down to it, I have Sears behind me that can make things happen.â€ť