The home-security and smart-home products were set up in the front of the store, and they were laid out so you could actually see the products instead of being on a shelf near the floor. The stores carried mostly the same brands of headphones, but everything was around cheaper at Best Buy.To be fair, Best Buy is a store devoted to electronics, while these products only make up one department at Sears. What Best Buy carried was more modern, less expensive, and displayed more cleaning, creating a better shopping experience.
But in March, it decided to refocus on consumer electronics in one-third of its stores again.
"It's a smaller assortment than Best Buy's, but it's larger than it was five months ago and is considerably expanded online, where there's a much broader range," Dean Schwartz, president of hardlines for Sears Holdings, told Twice.
Instead of just having one type of cell phone, there was a pretty big selection to choose from.
The store had a whole department for music and DVDs, and it included movies that were just released on DVD, like "Black Panther." Products that seemed neglected at Sears were highlighted at Best Buy.
Business Insider confirmed the list of closing stores based on information from multiple Sears employees and local news reports.
Sears spokesman Howard Riefs told Business Insider last month that some employees at closing stores would be eligible for severance.
Sears was depressing, with empty shelves and outdated products taking up most of the space.
Sears Holding Corp.'s store footprint keeps shrinking.
When we visited one of the Sears locations that carried electronics, the store seemed to be struggling.
A lot of the shelves were empty, and much of what was on shelves felt dated, including things like boomboxes designed for CDs and cassettes or speakers that can connect to an i Phone 4.
See how they stack up: My first stop was Sears in Yonkers, New York. It took me a while to find the electronics department. but there were a lot more landline phones to choose from.