The Sears Hometown Store in Beatrice will close next month.
Beatrice store manager Jonathan Davis said the location isn’t closing due to the Sears bankruptcy, but because the store is without an owner.
“Sears Hometown stores are a different corporation than the Sears Holding mall stores,” he said. “It just happens to be around the same time, so I could see where the confusion would be. Corporate looked for a buyer for more than a year and a half and couldn’t find anybody with interest, so they decided to shut the store down.
Davis said the store hasn’t been able to find an owner since the retirement of Gene Searcey, who took over the store eight years ago.
He said the store’s inventory will be marked down in stages leading up to a Jan. 12 closing date