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Look for our Shop LocaL pageS every Tuesday JG-TC in the with special offers and promotions Our Community, Our Future. from YOUR local businesses! “Big Box Advantages With Local People” The store carries brand-name appliances, tools, and lawn and garden equipment, such as washers and dryers, ovens, refrigerators, lawnmowers, vacuums and other small appliances. Loyal Sears’ customers will recognize many of the brands on the sales floor including Craftsman, Whirlpool and Kenmore. installation on appliance purchases that are made in the store or on the Sears Hometown Store website. Two online kiosks in the store provide access to the complete line of Sears Hometown Store products, and sales associates can sit down with the customer to help them find the products they are looking for. “It’s another tool for use to show Sears Hometown Store operates the customer what their options are,” separately from Sears Holdings Kroening said. Corporation, so Kroening’s store is Products ordered at the store not vulnerable to the corporate store kiosks or directly through www. closings or the discontinuation of searshometownstores.com can be certain brands, he said. shipped to the customer’s home or “We’re 100 percent separate from delivered to the store without shipping Sears Holdings,” Kroening said. charges. By Sarah Miller For the JG-TC MATTOON – Tanner Kroening credits the benefits received from being a locally owned and operated Sears Hometown Store and the revival of the downtown area for allowing him to provide his customers with advantages typically The confusion between the two entities hasn’t stopped Kroening from offered at larger stores. expanding the Mattoon store. He “We offer big box advantages, but recently added a service department with local people and a friendly touch,” to perform repairs on all major brands Kroening said. either in the store or in a customer’s The Mattoon store has been open for home. The store also provides service just over two years now with Kroening for tools and appliances with lifetime and his wife taking ownership at the warranties, he said. start of 2017. His parents, Terry and Jan The store also offers delivery and Kroening, originally opened the store in October 2015. Mattoon had been without a Sears since the closure of the Sears department store in the Cross County Mall the previous year. HOME IMPROVEMENT “Mattoon had always had a Sears store,” Kroening said. “All of my family had always shopped there and they hated to see it leave.” AUTO SHOP Online – BUY lOcal! Convenient 24 hr online tire shopping with the security of buying local. www.inyart.com Mattoon Locally Owned And Operated 1601 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, IL 217-235-6888 Monday – Saturday 9am to 7pm • Sunday 11am to 4pm Take Spring Cleaning to the next Level FUll Service Tire cenTer Let us help you make your old house look new! Charleston 345-3331 Mattoon 235-3331 Call for Free Estimate HOME IMPROVEMENT Turn to the highly skilled professionals for top-quality pressure washing services. We do business with a handshake & a smile tripleipowerwashing.com Looking for kitchen or Bathroom caBinets? Special sale prices on tall utility cabinets and bathroom vanities. We sell only cabinets in stock. We do not special order any merchandies. OOVVEER CCAABIIRN22550000 I INN--SSTNOEETTSS TOCCKK Saving On Name Brand Factory Seconds and Over-runs For Kitchen, Bath and Utility COME AND SHOP OUR 30,000 SQ. FT. WAREHOUSE MONDAY-FRIDAY 8-5 • SATURDAY 9-3 • CLOSED SUNDAY caBinet factories oUtLet 100 N. Vine St., Arthur, IL 61911 Find Us On Facebook! 217-543-3466 • www.cabinetfactoriesoutlet.com All products on a first come, first serve basis. All discounts limited to stock on hand. All sales final. No returns TOWNE SQUARE JEWELERS (217) 348.8340 TOWNESQUAREJEWELERS.COM 429 W. LINCOLN AVE, CHARLESTON While online ordering is necessary at times as Kroening has limited space on the showroom floor and for storage, he emphasizes that customers can call or come into the store to shop and ask questions in person. The revitalization efforts in downtown Mattoon have made a big difference by bringing more traffic to the downtown area, he said. “We get people that stop by just to visit,” he said. “It’s good to get the downtown going again. It’s cool to see all the businesses coming back downtown.” Why buy from a stranger when you can buy from a neighbor? Money spent at a local business generates 3.5x more wealth for the local economy compared to money spent at a chainowned store!