A look back at Sears in Central Illinois Sep 4, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Take a look back at Sears locations in Central Illinois. Downtown The former downtown Bloomington Sears location is shown in a 1976 Pantagraph photo. PANTAGRAPH ARCHIVES Entrance The entrance to the Sears store at Eastland Mall. JANE PICKERING, THE PANTAGRAPH Exterior Sears at Eastland Mall in Bloomington. DAVID PROEBER, THE PANTAGRAPH 1936 Sears store in downtown Bloomington, 1936. History Corner: A Look Back 1968: Tammy McGee and Brad Sarver model Pooh styles at Sears, Roebuck & Co. H&R file photo History Corner: A Look Back 1988: O.D. Friend and wife, Margaret, tend to landscaping downtown Decatur Sears store. H&R file photo History Corner: A Look Back 1980: Jim Lawley operates Sears, Roebuck & Co. new portrait camera as customers wait. They are, from left, Cindy Harding with 2-month-old Patrick, Malinda Black, 11, and Liz Snyder with Amy, 8 months. H&R file photo Last-minute shoppers From left, Jon Reimer, his wife, Julianne , and their son Jordan, 13 months, walked toward the Sears side of at Eastland Mall Wednesday evening after battling the crowds in an attempt to finish up their Christmas shopping in December 2004 Lyndsie Schlink, Pantagraph file photo Previous location Sears has a 90-year history in Bloomington, and was previously located on downtown's Center Street, where Fox & Hounds and other businesses are now located. DEREK BEIGH, THE PANTAGRAPH Sears opens at Eastland Eastland Shopping Center opened in February 1966. PANTAGRAPH ARCHIVES TV coverage Bill Anderson of Decatur watched a bank of large screen televisons covering the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the Sears store in Eastland Mall. Steve Smedley Under construction Eastland Shopping Center under construction, 1965. PANTAGRAPH ARCHIVES Tags Evergreen Look-back As featured on Eastland Mall owner, others see Sears closing as 'opportunity' BLOOMINGTON — The closing of the Sears store at Eastland Mall was greeted with a lack of sur… +3 Eastland Mall looks to new stores as Bergner's, Sears exit BLOOMINGTON — While Eastland Mall is losing two more longtime anchor stores — Bergner's clos… +4 Sears ends retirees' life insurance benefits CHICAGO — Sears has ended life insurance benefits for eligible retirees, one of the final li… Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended View All Promotions promotion 🚨 Sign up for our local crime news digest promotion Getaway Guide 2019-2020 More Latest Local Offers Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care Affordable, memorable services without the financial burden. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care. 217-233-1080 1st MidAmerica Wish you were on the beach? Learn about vacation loans! Romer Brothers Tree & Shrub Service Romer Brothers Tree and Shrub Service - contact us today!