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National Association for Business Resources Names Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. as One of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Aug. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ranked among the elite in the National Association for Business Resources' list of companies that outshine the rest in human resources practices and employee relations and enrichment, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (SHOS) has been named one of "Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™."

The organizations recognized by the National Association for Business Resources uphold and represent best practices in human resources in categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. has proven itself worthy of recognition as the organization excelled in multiple categories, making a name for itself among the elite as an outstanding company.

Of the 10 categories used to evaluate the noteworthy organizations, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores excelled in the following three categories, where the national retailer ranked highest:

  • Employee Achievement and Recognition – the extent to which an organization recognizes and rewards achievement and outstanding performance
  • Communication and Shared Vision – the effective exchange of information from leadership to employees and the magnitude to which an employee is given a platform to voice opinions, ideas and concerns
  • Diversity and Inclusion – the degree to which an organization is open and inclusive, promotes a tolerant, and considers a multi-cultural work environment to be a competitive advantage

"Our employees are the lifeblood of the company, and their achievements, pride in their work, and support of our mission are the pillars of what make this company great," said Bruce Johnson, president and CEO of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "We recognize the importance of rewarding employee achievements and performance, fostering a diverse, positive and creative work environment, as well as empowering employees at every level through direct, open communication."

For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. please visit www.shos.com. To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores format, please visit www.ownasearsstore.com.

About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is a national retailer primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. As of May 3, 2014, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,250 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provide consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. operates through two segments—the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment. The Sears Hometown and Hardware segment's stores are designed to provide customers with in-store and online access to a wide selection of national brands of home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools, sporting goods and household goods, depending on the particular store. The Sears Outlet stores are designed to provide customers with in-store and online access to purchase new, one-of-a-kind, out-of-carton, discontinued, reconditioned, overstocked and scratched and dented products across a broad assortment of merchandise categories, including home appliances, apparel, mattresses, sporting goods, tools and lawn and garden equipment at prices that are significantly lower than manufacturers' suggested list prices.

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