Family owned Sears Hometown Store opens for business

LEWISTON, ID - The Sears Hometown Store in Lewiston is finally open, after delays set the store's opening back a few weeks.

The family owned shop on Snake River Avenue, had issues with renovating the old building and gaining approval from the city for certain aspects of the building process.

Store manager Elizabeth Browne said that missing the Christmas rush did put a slight damper on the store's sales, but they've been running around to keep up with demand since Wednesday, which was the first official day they were open for business as part of a "soft open."

"I just was flabbergasted, there were so many people," said Browne. "It was a blessing."

Browne said the store has plans for a grand opening, scheduled for late February that will feature giveaways from the corporate Sears store.