Just Around the Corner: Say goodbye to the Redmond Sears store

The 51-year-old Sears building in Redmond’s Overlake district is being demolished.

The complex, located at 148th Avenue Northeast in Redmond, was the largest Sears west of the Mississippi in 1971, occupying 21.5 acres. The store closed in 2018.

In its heyday, the huge store had a bakery, candy shop, garden section and hardware, appliance, tailor, optical, insurance and clothes departments. Remember Toughskins jeans, DieHard batteries, and toffee-coated cashews? All in all, 55 departments were mostly housed in the 232,323-square-foot, two-story building.

In the past few years, the retail chain has been closing stores nationwide — in part due to the emergence of e-commerce, in part because consumers’ tastes have moved on.

The property will become Overlake Plaza, featuring apartments, offices and  retail businesses.

No more putting on your Sunday best to go to this Sears.

— Story and photos by David Carlos

Mountlake Terrace resident David Carlos often submits photos and videos profiling interesting places nearby.

 

  1. The closing of Sears is a little sad for me. Myself and many of my friends worked there in the mid to late 80s. I worked car pick up. My brother and several girlfriends aworked there as well. Good times when I was 16. As they were a catalog company originally it is a surprise they didn’t embrace and dominate e commerce. I read my great grandmother’s journal from 1916. She was a Montana homesteader on the big flat. She mentioned ordering the wind powered water pump for the farm from Sears. They bought their first car about that time as well. There was only a general store. They ordered everything. The car was paid for in whole like everything else. Credit wasn’t possible. I can’t remember the price but it was a huge sum. $589.67. Worth mention in her journal. Everything was mail order back then. They waited weeks not hours for things to arrive. Anyway end of an era.

  2. So sad. Worked there through high school with a bunch of friends. I worked the PBX and would make announcements through the building. My friends would all raz me for it!! Wonderful times. Loved the managers.

  3. Will they be using any explosives to demolish the structure? As a neighbor it would be nice to know if there will be loud explosions.

  4. I worked there in 1980 & 81 while still in high school. I interviewed initially for the customer service department and remember telling the interviewer that I didn’t mind people yelling at me, after a week they offered me a job in the paint department. At that time the paint department was located in the north east corner of the store right next to the old café. I remember my manager Rose sitting in there drinking coffee watching us in the paint department. The two years I worked there Rose would never give me check approval, I guess that’s how she kept me under control. I had a lot of fun in the paint department, stocking paint, mixing paint, and keeping my mandatory necktie out of the paint.

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