As of Oct 28, 2017, the company, along with its dealers and franchisees, operated 921 stores across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, consisting of 723 Sears Hometown stores, 22 Sears Hardware stores, 39 Sears Home Appliance Showrooms and 137 Sears Outlet stores.
During fiscal 2016, the company opened 20 stores and closed 160 stores. In the first nine months of 2017, the company closed 104 stores and opened 5 new stores.
Hometown, Hardware and Home Appliance Showroom stores are primarily independently operated (833 stores as of year-end), while the company leases 38 stores. Hometown stores are predominantly located in smaller communities and average approximately 8,500 square feet. Hardware Stores average nearly 28,000 square feet in size in traditional format, 16,000 to 18,000 square feet in "neighborhood" format, and are primarily located in suburban markets and are positioned as neighborhood stores designed to appeal to convenience-oriented customers. Home Appliance Showrooms are primarily located in strip malls and lifestyle centers of metropolitan areas, and average 5,000 square feet. As of year end, the company owned 3 Outlet stores, leased 110 stores and 37 stores were independently operated. eMarketer estimates outlet stores are approximately 26,000 square feet, with new stores averaging approximately 18,000 selling square feet.
|Total gross square feet (M)||10,591||11,634||13,111||14,311||14,565||14,375|
|Total gross square feet growth||-17.2%||-13.4%||-8.4%||-1.2%||1.3%||-1.7%|
|Avg store gross sq ft||11,500||11,400||11,500||11,500||11,600||11,500|
|Avg store gross sq ft growth||0.2%||-1.5%||-0.1%||-1.1%||0.1%||0.6%|