>>I’m Gene Grant here in the studios of New Mexico PBS with our Line opinion panelists. Now before we start digging
into our top stories of the week, we like to ask each of these panelists an
off-the-cuff question, as a warm-up. A pioneer in the business of quote “selling
everything to everyone” end quote, may soon bite the dust. You’ve already heard,
I’m sure, Sears is set to file chapter 11 bankruptcy will close down 142 stores by
the end of this year, including its Coronado center location. We have here
many of us have fond memories associated with Sears, perhaps because the company has been around for more than a century. Daniel, I know personally I’ve been in
that Coronado Center store, I don’t know how many times in my life. I have tools, I
mean, all kinds of, when the kids were young they just kind of went to Sears. It
was kind of like the thing but I’m an older guy, so maybe it’s a generational
thing, you know. Do you have any fond memories of Sears? Was a part of your
family growing up?>>Yeah. My Dad, I mean, that’s where my dad bought everything. It seemed like that
was the Walmart at the time. You needed tape, you go to Sears. You need a Christmas tree, go to Sears. As a matter of fact, this morning, someone at Facebook posted, I don’t know how true it
is, they posted a picture of a home in Encino that was bought from the Sears
catalog that’s actually still standing. So, you know, I remember…>>You mean Encino, California?>>No, here in New Mexico.>>Here in New Mexico, OK. Exactly.>>I think, you know, I remember going through the Sears catalog as a kid, circling your
Christmas gifts, you know, what you wanted for Christmas. So, I mean, it’s, you know,
it’s definitely showing that there’s a sign of the times, you know. I
mean, I think the biggest hit ,you know you’re gonna hear a lot of folks, you
know attacking the Walmarts of the world, but I think the biggest hit is
online purchasing. I mean, I, you know, we were just talking yesterday it
at the office and my my son made a comment about how he was amazed the
other day, he got home from work there was a box of groceries that Amazon had
delivered that my wife had ordered online. He was like, when did we start
shopping for food online. So, you know, you almost don’t have to leave your house
for anything anymore. But, you know, I think it’s gonna be, I think it’s a
problem and gonna be a problem moving forward. I can remember, you went to Sears you went to the automotive department, and the person that was there actually
knew something about cars, actually could talk to you about what your problem was.
Now, you know, you get online, you don’t talk to anybody, and if you do get
somebody they probably have no idea what you’re trying to accomplish.>>Good point there Giovanna, your family? Were you a Sears family growing up?>>Yeah, I definitely remember going to Sears and as a kid, it was, you know, it was like the place to
go. But, I think, over the years I haven’t so much, and like, I definitely don’t go
shopping with my kids there. And so, I think it’s a sign of the times, but you
know, we’re moving on to other things and maybe they just didn’t keep up with… I
mean they didn’t, they didn’t change their, the way they were doing things. There’s other large, large stores make it through.>>That’s right. That’s right. You
think about Kmart, you think about others that haven’t made
it through, but you thought Sears maybe there’s enough, enough of a footprint
there, Michael, they could have done something. But, Giovanna makes a good
point. There was a a window I think maybe about 10 years ago, where they just
didn’t quite see the fork in the road and that you know things are tricky from
outside. It’s easy to make these calls, but it’s, it’s more difficult from the
inside. How about for you? Is it gonna be a loss for you, anybody you know,
Sears being gone, or have you moved on to other places as well?>>Well Sears there was a place in my family, and I think for everyone has, has
been referenced, but I will, I will say those catalogs came in really useful
at my grandfather’s and my grandmother’s home in terms of the outhouse, you know
there were many uses of that, that, you know, for that particular document,
particularly in rural New Mexico, before there was a lot of indoor plumbing. And
water. Yeah, you had to make, make the most of things and people did. So, thank you Sears (laughter).>>That’s awesome, actually. Hey, that’s real life, dude, that’s real.That’s right. I have a friend that taught
English as a second language classes and she used the Sears catalog as a way to teach english as a second language, so you never know in this world what’s gonna, you know… Were you guys a Sears family growing up as well?>>Oh, absolutely. In Silver City we didn’t have a lot of retail, so of course and everyone has said, Sears was the Amazon of its
day. And so, as you brought this up, I was just looking here on Amazon: Craftsman
tools, oh look at that. And I think Sears has become more much
more about, become much more about brands. Its Craftsman, its Kenmore, it’s the
repair service and those brands are going to get picked up by other
retailers. But the rest of the department store piece of it, the soft goods, the
clothes, home furnishings. I think that’s really
been struggling, although I thought when they partnered with Lands End about ten
years ago that was gonna do something, but Lands End is still putting out
catalogues. And sadly Sears isn’t.>>That’s something. Yeah, time moves on. We’ll have to see what happens next. Who’s gonna be the next Sears? Maybe it’s out there already. Who knows. Thank you all.
Appreciate it