LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR So long Sears

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

From its in­cep­tion sears was a sud­den win for corn­wall.

We opened Oct. 3, 1979. My as­sign­ment was to man­age the new in­ven­tory called RIOS, re­tail In­ven­tory Open­ing store. I be­gan July 30, 1979. Our ini­tial setup was in the lower level of 333 Pitt. hir­ing was in earnest as train­ing was needed from cashiers to floor sales and man­age­ment staff.

all our main­te­nance was man­ual count­ing and re-or­der at store level. I was for­tu­nate to have a truly won­der­ful staff of 11 as we pre­pared 300 con­trol binders for the flow of our new and fu­ture in­ven­to­ries. Ini­tially we be­gan with $5.5 mil­lion and planned four turns in an­tic­i­pa­tion of $20 M in sales our first full year. We achieved $16 M, four short of our goal. need­less to say we had a sur­plus of in­ven­tory over the next five years. I also wrote the plan­ning sheets, bud­gets for all de­part­ments ev­ery six months. as we main­tained mon­e­tary con­trol for man­age­ment team and cor­po­rate up­dates. We also had an ac­count­ing and au­dit­ing team (in store) whose work was gospel. Great peo­ple.

Our ini­tial hire was 420 staff (be­lieve it) — 80 per cent full­time.

all in all we had a great bunch, some of whom did quite well. roger McMil­lan (it was un­known by most that his fa­ther was a sears corp. V.P. Mer­chan­diser) man­aged au­to­mo­tive and moved on to man­age a num­ber of stores in toronto and area. Vince Power to VP, Pub­lic re­la­tions, roy toms, corp. train­ing Man­ager (also in chicago). Our Per­son­nel Man­ager (name eludes me) left us to ac­cept his mom’s es­tate and be­came a baron. he had a huge prop­erty on cape cod.

then there was howard Miller (son of one of the Miller broth­ers Fur­ni­ture store, then lo­cated on 4th st.). he moved on to teach busi­ness Man­age­ment at st. law­er­ence col­lege be­fore bring­ing in startek to the old Kmart build­ing. Of course we all know syd Gar­diner who be­came a city coun­cilor. so many have moved on to new digs, in and out of town.

all in all we were a happy bunch who loved our as­sign­ments, our mer­chan­dise and in par­tic­u­lar all our great cus­tomers.

When I re­tired april 30, 2005 we had long pre­vi­ously con­verted to a sell and buy for­mat via re­tail In­ven­tory Man­age­ment( RIM) com­puter sys­tem that I trained on, in­sti­tuted and trained staff on in the late 80’s, early 90’s. When I moved on, the store was at 120 staff, 80 per cent part time.

Fun times, lots of new friends and trav­el­ing part­ners as well as com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in clubs and char­i­ties. I had been 15 years as a United Way di­rec­tor, three year cap­tain re­tail col­lec­tions and one time V.P. We are all sorry to see the end of it as is our com­mu­nity of won­der­ful shop­pers. We do hope that soon new things will hap­pen to bring back happy times for oth­ers in our old digs.

bye sears, so long, bye bye. sniff. Dave Wind­sor, Corn­wall

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