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Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 04:36 pm

Closing time

 "Sears revolutionized American retail not once but twice, and made a lot of Americans immeasurably better off," Megan McArdle writes in Bloomberg. "But Sears built a great business for an America that no longer exists."

Sears, Roebuck was a good Illinois company that was lifted into greatness by a Springfield native and which reshaped life in small town and rural Illinois.

I have written critically of the current management here and here. My anger about the current owner’s bungling owes in some part to my own affection for the Sears I knew as a youth in Springfield. I wore Sears clothes and rode a Sears bike that I repaired with Sears tools, and thought the store on South Grand was rivaled in magnificence only by the statehouse and Centennial Building. It deserved a better end. 
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