Step 1 » Apply


Click here to fill out an application. A member of our Development Team will contact you within 24 hours.

Step 2 » Approval


Our team will review your application and upon qualifying you, an evaluation, personal interview and overview of the program will be scheduled. We will discuss your background, business experience and suitability for the unique challenges of owning and operating a Sears Hometown Store or Sears Store- Within-a-Store.

Step 3 » Market and Site Selection


Once you have selected and have been awarded a market, our Development Team will guide you each step of the way. From site selection to lease negotiation (if applicable) and construction, our Team will support you.

Step 4 » Resource Planning


After you are familiar with the investment required for business, you will prepare your business plan and organize your financing including the cost of required fixtures, improvements to the facility and fees for permits, legal and business advice. We want you to be successful, and will ensure that you consider and understand all the aspects of owning a Sears Hometown Store.

Step 5 » Training


Before your store opens, you will successfully complete a comprehensive training program that will familiarize you with our operational and managerial procedures. Our training program includes online, classroom and in-store experiences. Our Field Project Managers will assist you in planning the construction, fixturing and merchandising of your store.

Step 6 » Store Opening


Upon successful completion of your required training, your District Sales Manager and Field Trainers will assist you with the final operational details as you prepare to open your store and ring sales for the first time. Our Marketing Team will then set in motion the advertising and promotions for your Grand Opening celebration.

Meet our Team

The Region Development Managers are a team of highly experienced professionals whose sole purpose is to guide you through the process of developing your new store. With a combined 160 years of retail experience, they know how to build a business.

For more information on our program, find your state on the page below and click on the picture to access our inquiry form. The Region Development Manager managing your area of interest will be in touch with you within 24 hours.

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