Residents remember benefits of having a local Sears store

Hampden County

While the Sears stores in Springfield and Holyoke closed last year, a last-minute agreement could keep more than 400 other Sears stores operating.

A bankruptcy judge has delayed a decision to liquidate the company.

The Sears store at Eastfield Mall closed this past fall, as did its automotive center. They had opened as part of Eastfield back in 1978.

The Sears store at the Holyoke mall also opened in 1978, it too became a casualty during the fall.

At the Holyoke Senior Center, 22News heard from people to whom the Sears Department store meant so much earlier in their lives.

“Well I think when I was getting married, all I know all of our appliances were from Sears and over the years we upgraded,” said Holyoke resident Susan Aiken.

Peter Mollo of Chicopee said, “It was very important. It was the place we went to for everything, appliances, clothing, everything.”

Some members at the Holyoke Senior Center provided memories that pre-date the Holyoke Mall store when Sears was located in downtown Holyoke.

“That’s where we came to get what we needed for our dorm rooms,” said Holyoke resident Barbara Bernard. “Sears was really our store.”

They’re hoping the remaining Sears stores can be saved.

We’ll know by 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon if the final offer will be accepted, staving off liquidation.

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