LETTERS TO THE EDITOR So long Sears
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