Warren County Historical Society Presents …

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May 15, 2019


Sears – Who Would Believe They Couldn’t Survive?


It is hard to believe that well-established businesses find it difficult to survive in this day and age.  The case in point is Sears.

The business began in 1886 when Richard W. Sears purchased a shipment of watches to sell.  A year later he teamed up with Alvah C. Roebuck and the rest is business history.  Sears, Roebuck & Company became one of the most renowned names in department stores.


In Glens Falls, Sears, Roebuck & Company was a downtown institution for many years.  Sometime in the late 1930s or early 1940s they established a store at 12-14 Maple Street.  In June of 1962, the business relocated to the new Queensbury Plaza on Upper Glen Street.  In 1975 the business became an anchor in the new Aviation Mall  After the move to the mall,  the building that housed the Sears store in Queensbury Plaza was demolished and the plaza was reconfigured.





1963 ad from ‘The Glens Falls Times’










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