We live in lightning fast times…
That goes without saying. Yet sometimes Cowtowners have to shake their heads about things that – amazingly – have nothing whatsoever to do with Donald Trump.
For example the mighty Sears department store chain going down down ugly.
When one of the company’s most profitable and iconic stores ever – the Sears at Metcalf South – in Overland Park takes a bullet, you know the end is near.
With more than 1,100 remaining Sears outlets, it may not happen overnight, but under the current circumstances, the bigger they are the harder they fall. And depending on how many of the remaining Sears are the mini sized “hometown” stores it’s not as if the company is anything approaching the powerhouse it once was.
Far from it.
Having gone from around 4,000 stores to 1,500 the last handful of years, the handwriting looks to be on the wall for what’s left of the Sears/K Mart empire.
Still it’s hard not to breath a sigh when reminiscing back to the 1980s when Sears still had its automotive center on the vaunted Country Club Plaza where the Court of the Penguins now stands.
I can’t tell you how many lawn mowers, weed whackers, washers & dryers and kitchen appliances I purchased there over the years. Not to mention – embarrassingly – that I purchased record albums as a boy at the Plaza Sears.
Think of it – 50 years in the shadow the once great mall at 95th and Metcalf, where its grand opening was attended by notables ranging from the reigning Miss America to Whizzo the Clown.
So how about a moment of silence for what’s certain to be the coming flood of familiar people, places and things that may not even survive the Trump presidency?
And given the state of brick and mortar retail today, is it any wonder that the Independence Center mall appears poised to default on its $200 million loan balance due next month?
I can almost see Whizzo rolling over in his grave!