Facility Requirements

Sears Hometown store
Hometown Store Space Requirements

Sears Hometown Stores range from 8,000-10,000 square feet, with approximately 70% of the space devoted to the selling square footage. The actual square footage of your store will vary by the size of the market and availability of real estate. Minimum building front must be at least 55 feet wide with windows, and a minimum ceiling height of 10 feet.

Sears Store-Within-a-Store
Store-Within-a-Store Space Requirements

Sears Hometown is looking to partner with established businesses that have home goods product offerings aligned with the Hometown Store's merchandise assortment, and with a minimum of 1,800 square feet available inside your current business.

Location, Location, Location

Our basic requirements for store locations include:

  • Located in a primary retail corridor
  • Located in a high traffic area
  • In close proximity to major retailers
  • Visible to consumers

Our team will assist you in either reviewing your current business location or locating real estate that meets with our approval. Your responsibility is to secure property either by lease or ownership. We work with you through the retrofit or construction stages and as you prepare your store to open for business.

The inside of a Sears store

Initial Investment*

Hometown Stores

Based on our experience, the estimated start-up cost for opening a new Sears Hometown Store is between $60,000 and $85,000, in addition to recommended operating capital. Actual expenses are dependent on many factors including the square footage, merchandise assortment and geographic location of your store.


The estimated start-up cost for opening a Store-Within-a-Store is between $26,000 and $32,000.

*Permits, real estate costs, taxes etc. will vary by state and municipality.

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