Sears manager Rob Harrison says, despite the rumours being reported to him, the store in Williams Lake is not closing.
“People have seen some items on TV. The first one came out about the United States. Sears Robuck was in trouble so then we got a few inquiries,” Harrison says.
Then there was the news that three stores in Canada were closing in Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary.
Harrison explains the flag-ship store in Ottawa is being totally rebuilt, so in fact only two “big stores” are closing.
The term “big store” is different from the kind of store in Williams Lake.
“We have what’s called a home-town store. And we’re OK,” Harrison explains.
In fact, he adds, the home-town style of stores is a growing and blossoming item in Sears.
“When I started there were only about 100 stores like us across Canada and now there are over 300 and there are more opening every month. This program will never go away.”