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According to the New York Times, Sears may be struggling to survive after filing for bankruptcy in October, since its rundown and empty stores symbolize a has-been company that failed to adapt. But across the country, legions of former Sears workers like Mr. Atwood, a retired truck driver, gather regularly to reminisce about their long careers in retailing. With brands like Kenmore and DieHard that lasted for decades, there were years of limitless creativity of shoplifters and the impossible task of selecting the women’s shoe inventory.

1. How many employees did Sears have at its peak?
2. Who was the Sears Chairman that sold off many of its most valuable stores and laid off thousands of workers?
3. At the end of the article, one of the retirees is quoted as saying,”No one makes time for these types of things anymore….This way of life is almost gone.” How would you explain this in a different way, when telling a friend about Sears?
4. What did you find to be the most interesting issue in this article?

Corkery, M. (2018) Sears Is Dying, but Workers’ Loyalty Lives On. The New York Times, Dec. 28 (Retrievable online at