Fifty years ago this month, Sears, Roebuck & Co. announced that it would be leaving its downtown Scranton home on Adams Avenue. Its new home would be at the Viewmont Mall, which was under construction.

Fifty years later this month, Sears announced that they will be closing the Viewmont Mall store.

Sears was the first store to open at the Viewmont Mall in February 1968. The other anchor stores at the mall in 1968 were Grant’s and J.C. Penney’s. Penney’s is still there but Grant’s closed in 1976. On the heels of the closure, Hess’s Department Store of Allentown announced that they would move into shuttered Grant’s.

Hess’s closed all their location in 1994. Individual stores in the Hess’s chain were purchased by the May Co. and The Bon-Ton Co.. May Co. purchased the Hess’s at the Viewmont Mall.  Kaufmann’s, a May Co. store, would reopen in Hess’s in the Fall of 1995. In September 2006, Kaufmann’s would become Macy’s following the 2004 purchase of the May Co. by Macy’s. Macy’s is the other anchor store at the Viewmont Mall.

In the April 10 edition of the Sunday Times,  staff writer David Falchek details how Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream will be moving into the Sears location.

Here are few images of Sears from the archives:

– Brian


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