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6. Costs & Criteria

In order to open a new or existing Sears Hometown Store, Sears Home Appliance Showroom, or Sears Appliance & Hardware Store, franchisee and dealer prospects must meet certain minimum financial qualifications.

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  • Hometown Stores
  • Appliance Showroom
  • Appliance & Hardware

The following costs to acquire an existing Sears Home Appliance Showroom are excerpted from the Franchise Disclosure Document and are estimated. See Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document for more details.

The initial franchise fee to become a Sears Home Appliance Showroom franchisee is $25,000. Additionally, for a single-unit retail franchise opportunity, potential franchisees should possess cash liquidity of $125,000 and a net worth of at least $300,000. For multi-unit retail franchise opportunities, candidates should possess cash liquidity of $250,000 and a net worth of at least $600,000.

Type of Expenditure Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 $25,000
Three Months Rent $25,000 $75,000
Asset Purchase Price $150,000 $750,000
Legal/Initiation Fee $0 $25,000
Initial Training: Travel and Living Expenses $2,500 $3,000
Insurance Premiums $5,000 $10,000
Additional Funds - Three Months $75,000 $125,000
TOTAL $282,500 $1,013,000

*For complete investment information and a franchise packet, please request more information.


The following costs to purchase a NEW Sears Home Appliance Showroom are excerpted from the Franchise Disclosure Document and are estimated. See Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document for more details.

The initial franchise fee to become a Sears Home Appliance Showroom franchisee is $25,000. Additionally, for a single-unit retail franchise opportunity, potential franchisees should possess cash liquidity of $125,000 and a net worth of at least $300,000. For multi-unit retail franchise opportunities, candidates should possess cash liquidity of $250,000 and a net worth of at least $600,000.

Type of Expenditure Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 $25,000
Three Months Rent $25,000 $75,000
Leasehold Improvements $150,000 $750,000
Furniture and Fixtures $25,000 $100,000
Computer System and Office Equipment $15,000 $25,000
Opening Supplies $2,500 $5,000
Legal/Initiation Fees $0 $25,000
Initial Training: Travel and Living Expenses $2,500 $3,000
Insurance Premiums $5,000 $10,000
Additional Funds – Three Months $75,000 $125,000
TOTAL $325,000 $1,151,000

*For complete investment information and a franchise packet, please request more information.

The following costs to acquire an existing Sears Appliance & Hardware franchise are excerpted from the Franchise Disclosure Document and are estimated. See Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document for more details.

The initial franchise fee to become a Sears Appliance & Hardware franchisee is $25,000. Additionally, for a single-unit retail franchise opportunity, potential franchisees should possess cash liquidity of $125,000 and a net worth of at least $300,000. For multi-unit retail franchise opportunities, candidates should possess cash liquidity of $250,000 and a net worth of at least $600,000.

Type of Expenditure Low High
Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 $25,000
Three Months Rent $30,000 $175,000
Asset Purchase Price $20,000 $1,600,000
Legal/Initiation Fees $10,000 $25,000
Initial Training: Travel and Living Expenses $2,000 $5,000
Insurance Premiums $10,000 $20,000
Additional Funds – Three Months $15,000 $35,000
TOTAL $112,000 $1,885,000

*For complete investment information and a franchise packet, please request more information.

The following costs to open a new Sears Hometown Store are estimated. Actual costs depend on many factors including actual square footage, merchandise assortment and geographic location.

There is not an initial licensing fee to become a Sears Hometown Store Authorized Owner. Prospective owners who wish to open a new store must have $25,000 cash available and the ability to borrow $100,000 in capital.

Type of Expenditure Low
Interior Fixtures Required by Sears $32,000
POS, Office Equipment, and Furniture Required by Sears $25,000
Leasehold Improvements $25,000
Initial Insurance Fees (per contract) $6,000
Utility Deposits $1,000
Initial Permits and Fees $500
Start-up Travel and Training $1,500
Legal and Professional Fees $1,500
Miscellaneous $3,500
TOTAL $96,000

*For a complete investment overview, please request more information.

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