Sears problem is that their stores look like ultra low end retailers but they charge mid range prices, not that mid range pricing no longer exists. Mid range priced goods have moved into smaller, but more diverse selection of retailers.
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I wasn't talking about the 7-store mini "eatons" chain that Sears owned, but pre-bankruptcy Eaton's. Eaton's was, haphazardly, investing in its flagship stores, but even Eaton's suburban locations didn't get as dumpy as what one often sees at Sears these past few years. Eddie Lampert has reduced investment in existing stores to a much greater degree than the Eaton brothers ever did.Wasn't Eaton's already acquired by Sears when they moved upscale and refreshed their stores? Would have been nice if they had been able to stick with that strategy, with retail trends afterwards splitting into high and low ends. Sears instead just continued aiming for the middle class consumer who no longer exists.
Reminds me of the neighbourhood watch graphics guy:
And the circular retail space is one element that should have been replicated - it adds a lot to visual interest if properly arranged.In retrospect, that space could have been used as the Eaton Centre media tower that would have enabled them to preserve the old green house atrium, open to the sky above.
I don't trust Cadillac Fairview to do the right thing but somewhere in an alternate universe, they built the media tower on the corner over the old SEARS and restored the Eaton Centre greenhouse atrium with the H&M entrance inside the open atrium where the terrace cafe, police station and TD bank used to be.
Would have been nice if CF had recreated the circular space, and a circular media screen above. But that probably would not have passed a cost-benefit analysis.And the circular retail space is one element that should have been replicated - it adds a lot to visual interest if properly arranged.