I am a part of the 39 Sears stores that are closing. You have not seen how well our store works, and we make money. We worked so hard FOR YOU and this is the thanks we get? We sacrificed our holidays and sacrificed the chances of a pay raise or increases FOR YOU, Eddie. We make do with less employees FOR YOU! Meanwhile, there's a store 50 miles away that is dead, the sales associates are slackers, the management is a revolving door and involved in different scandals...I've been there a few times when I happened to be over in the town it is in. Couldn't find any associates because the young men that were there were in a huddle talking about what they did last night. The young ladies were over in mattresses, sitting and laying down on the beds and talking about drama
The store was a mess, not a soul in right, and guess what...they are staying open.
When my store manager called me to her office, I knew something was wrong by the sound of her voice. I come to her office, and she is trying everything it took for her not to cry. Before she could say anything, I said, we're closing, and she just cried and cried. She's 64 years old and gave her all to make this store successful. We make sales. We have engaged employees ready to help customers. We are always meeting our metrics. And we are lucky to have a store manager that treats us like people, and that's why our store is doing well. We don't have "slackers", they don't get a chance to stay and I'd say our store manager has a good enough intuition to weed those types out before they even leave her office from the interview.
We worked so hard during the holidays. It was difficult at times because corporate was stingy with payroll but it worked. We gave up our holidays and the store did very well. We didn't think that we would be closing, but boy were we wrong. I know exactly why we are closing. It's all because we are a leased store. The lease isn't even up for five years but they wanted to give us the boot anyways. Remember that store that I was talking about earlier, the one that is 50 miles away from mine? It's "owned" even though it is bleeding red ink and has so many issues, no matter who is in charge. Things beyond slacker employees and managers. How about INTERNAL THEFT? Yes, just last month two employees were arrested for stealing tools. The Hardlines manager was finally let go for cheating the time clock -- clocking in and leaving the store for hours at a time. yes. You have spoken, Eddie. You would rather have stores like this. It's really sad and I feel so sorry for all of us with a work ethic -- what a slap in the face. What a slap in the face to old time employees like my store manager and one of our most well respected appliance sales associate, both are good natured, work so hard and we're so close to retirement. So close! You don't have to worry about retirement Eddie! We do.
Why do you have to do this Eddie?