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Sears opens retail outlet in Grinnell

Wade and Cecelia Thalberg, owners and operators of the Sears retail outlet store in Grinnell, are shown among the washers and dryers and other appliances and items the store offers. The 5,000-square-foot store has the top eight appliance brands along with lawn and garden equipment, gas grills, televisions and mattresses. The new store opened Aug. 13, and is located at 105 West St., Suite C, next to Anytime Fitness, which the couple also owns.

There’s no need to drive to Marshalltown, Oskaloosa, Des Moines or Iowa City to shop at Sears. The long-time retailer has opened its doors in Grinnell. Located at 105 West St., Suite C, the new Sears retail outlet is locally owned and operated by Wade and Cecelia Thalberg.

The couple also own and operate Anytime Fitness, which is next door.

The 5,000-square-foot store offers many of the same items as the larger retail Sears. They also offer ‘Store 2 Web,’ service with access to more than 10,000 items sold by Sears. The service allows customers to purchase items on-line in the store and have them delivered to the store or directly to their homes.

“It opens up what we can do for the customer,” said Dottie Cato, a trainer with Sears’ Chicago headquarters, of the ‘Store 2 Web’ service.

The local Sears offers the top eight major appliance brands of washer and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, and microwaves including Kenmore, Sears trademark brand. Other appliance brands include Maytag, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, LG, Bosch, Electrolux, Kitchen Aid, GE, and Samsung.

“We have almost any brand of major appliances you want,” said Thalberg.

Other items found in the new store include lawn and garden equipment, mattresses, tools, televisions, gas grills, garbage disposals, water heaters and water softeners, exercise equipment and vacuum cleaners.

In addition, Sears offers numerous other services including layaway on select items, Sears’ service, delivery, lowest price matching, and Sears and Discover credit card payment services.

Thalberg said he learned earlier this year through one of the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce ambassadors that Sears was looking for someone to open a store in Grinnell.

“From there we talked to Angela Harrington (chamber director) and she put us in contact with the Sears representative,” said Thalberg.

The couple was interviewed by Sears in May and within one week learned that the retail company had selected them to open the store in Grinnell. The next three months were spent finding a location, setting up the store and preparing for opening day.

The business opened its doors on Thursday, Aug. 13. A grand opening is planned for Saturday, Sept. 26.

Stores hours are Monday through Friday - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday - noon to 5 p.m.

Thalberg said the store has a trained and knowledgeable staff of five people ready to serve the Poweshiek County area. “Hopefully we will grow that,” he said. The store phone number is 641-236-4111.

UPDATED August 25, 2009 1:33 PM

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