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Sears Through the Years: From Watch Seller to Tower Builder

The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, marking the end of an era

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    Sears Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. Susan Carlson reports.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018)

    Sears got its start as a watch seller more than 130 years ago and grew to become one of the world's largest retailers. But the company has struggled in recent years and on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    A look at the company through the years:

    1886 — Richard Sears starts the R.W. Sears Watch Co. in Minneapolis.

    1888 — The Sears catalog is born, featuring watches and jewelry. By 1894, sewing machines, baby carriages and other items are added.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    1893 — The company becomes Sears, Roebuck and Co.

    1906 — Sears becomes a public company.

    1913 — Sears launches the Kenmore brand of sewing machines. Today, refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances are sold under the name.

    1925 — The first Sears brick-and-mortar store opens in Chicago.

    1927 — Sears buys the Craftsman trademark for $500 and begins to sell power tools under the brand about two years later. In 2017, it sold the brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc. in a $900 million deal.

    1931 — Allstate Insurance Co. is launched, offering auto insurance. Sears sold its stake and Allstate became an independent company in the 1990s.

    YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    [NATL] YouTube Mom Accused of Abusing Foster Kids for Clicks

    Machelle Hackney of Maricopa, Arizona, is accused of forcing her adopted children to participate in her YouTube channel and abusing them if they did not recall their lines or perform as directed. Hackney's channel had accrued hundreds of millions of views since she joined in 2012.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    1973 — The company finishes building its new headquarters, the Sears Tower in Chicago. At the time, it was the world's tallest building at 1,454 feet. Sears sold the landmark in 1994. Its current headquarters are in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

    1985 — The Discover Card is introduced nationally. Sears spun off a financial company in the 1990s which included the card.

    1993 — Sears stops sending its famous catalog.

    2005 — Kmart buys Sears and the company becomes the Sears Holdings Corp.

    2017 — The company announces plans to cut $1 billion in costs by selling more store locations, cutting more jobs and putting more of its famous brands on the block.

    2018 — Filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy.