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Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Raises More than $217,000 for Make-A-Wish(R)

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Aug. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With its 1,200-plus locations nationwide, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) raised more than $217,000 this past spring during a two-week charitable program in support of Make-A-Wish®.

As a part of its continuing relationship with Make-A-Wish, customers at Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores, Sears Outlet Stores, Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Home Appliance Showrooms received a discount off a future purchase when they donated $5 or more to Make-A-Wish.

"Giving back is a key component of our corporate culture to keep us engrained in the communities we serve. Through our partnership with Make-A-Wish, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of deserving families," said Will Powell, president and CEO of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "The results of our spring fundraising campaign far exceeded our expectations. We look forward to continuing this momentum throughout the year."

In 2014, the Company's campaign for Make-A-Wish raised more than $500,000 to help grant wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores plans to continue its relationship with Make-A-Wish with additional campaigns throughout the year.

David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, said, "With every wish we grant, we are able to bring hope and optimism back into the lives of wish children and their families. To achieve our goal of granting the wish of every eligible child, we need support, and we're so grateful that companies like Sears Hometown and Outlet stores make it an initiative to support our mission."

For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., visit www.shos.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 2, 2015, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,248 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provides 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 list prices.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.

CONTACT: For more information contact: Jayne Levy, Fishman Public Relations, at (847) 945-1300 or jlevy@fishmanpr.com or visit the corporate website at www.shos.com.

Source:Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.