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:
Skip Weber of Albany, N.Y., places finishing touches on a display in the new Sears, Roebuck & Co. store at Viewmont Mall. The store is slated to open on February 13, 1968. Times-Tribune Archives
Miss Liane O’Rourke, of Springfield, Mass., adjusts a display in the new Sears, Roebuck & Co. store at Viewmont Mall. The store is slated to open on February 13, 1968. Times-Tribune Archives
Four sisters brave cold and windy weather to attend the formal opening of new Sears, Roebuck & Co. store at the Viewmont Mall on February 13, 1968. From left: Mrs. Lydia Getz, Mrs. Thomas Drula, Mrs. Dorothy Brunamonti and Mrs. Millie Gallucci, all residents of the Tripps Park section of the city. Times-Tribune Archives
Models show the latest fashions during “The Fashion Flick” at Sears, Roebuck & Co’s Viewmont Mall store in August 1968. Kneeling: Terry Sachele, Joan Pratt, Lynn Cascio, Paula Heppler and Rosanne Calpin. Standing from left: Mrs. Wanda Tuffy, Sears fashion coordinator, commentator Marie Yantorn, Mary Jo Sorg, Judy Cowley, Elis Volz, Barbara Sewick, Lee Ann Marcus and Jeanne Tobin. Times-Tribune Archives
Viewmont Mall sign in 1968. Times-Tribune Archives
Aerial of the Viewmont Mall in November 1968. Times-Tribune Archives
Viewmont Mall apartments and Sears Auto Service Center are seen from interior of main Sears, Roebuck & Co. store at the mall. The store is slated to open on February 13, 1968. Times-Tribune Archives
Drivers and service technicians of Sears, Roebuck & Co., receive National Safety Council award for safe driving from Cpl. Stanley R. Balut, safety education officer, Pennsylvania State Police, at the Viewmont Mall store in May 1970. Times-Tribune Archives
Charles Trentlange, right, manager of Sears, Roebuck & Co., store at Viewmont Mall accepts a photo of the late J.A.Hirt, former Sears manager, from Mr. Hirt’s widow in Aug. 1975, who aslo donated colelction of Sears catalogues dating back to teh 1930s in memory of her husband. Present at the presentation were several Sears employees.
Sears reopens following a major price-reduction project on Wednesday, March 1, 1989. From Left: Charles Trentlange, manager; Donna Dunio, George Beddoe, Mike Sheruda, Art Ceccaci, Emmet Burke, Claude Van Winkle, Al Muto, jack Roberts, Nick Cheplik, Ed Frisbie and Olga Yaworske. Times-Tribune Archives
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