How Was "Sears" Named?
Sears, Roebuck and Company is a mid-range chain of international department stores, founded by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck. Sears merged with Kmart in early 2005, creating the Sears Holdings Corporation. Richard Sears was a railroad station agent in Minnesota when he received a shipment of watches which were unwanted by a local jeweler. Sears purchased them himself, sold the watches at a nice profit to other station agents up and down the line, and then ordered more for resale. Soon he started a business selling watches through catalogs. The next year, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he met Alvah C. Roebuck, who joined him in the business. In 1893, the corporate business name became Sears, Roebuck and Company.
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