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Emergency Response: Local Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Stock Up on Essential Items in Response to Houston Flooding

HOUSTON, June 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With extreme flooding throughout Houston, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) has brought a truckload of products to support recovery efforts. The extra inventory arrived on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Sears Appliance & Hardware Store in Katy and the Sears Hometown Store in Richmond. Products include: wet/dry vacs and filters, air movers/fans, flashlights, dehumidifiers, generators, gas cans, trash bags, batteries, protective wear, sheet rock cutters and more.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating floods in Houston, and know that certain items are difficult to find, especially those that become critical in a state of an emergency. That’s why we’ve moved quickly to make large quantities available to hopefully meet the demand of the local community,” stated Mike McCarthy, V.P. Chief Merchandise Officer, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. “Our teams are also specially trained and prepared to help customers find the right products and understand how to properly use or install them.”

Based off past experiences, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. strives for a swift response to any number of potential emergency situations that could arise in any of the communities they serve across the United States. The Company employs a team that keeps a keen eye on potential emergency weather situations in all of its markets. Watching for tornados, hurricanes, floods or other natural disasters, leadership and district managers communicate with the stores as to what is needed. The team has a strong grasp of what items should be sent to a given area depending on the potential emergency at hand.

McCarthy added, “Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has set up distribution schedules outside of the normal schedule to accommodate our stores’ needs to ensure necessary items are in stock and available to consumers.”

The Katy Sears Appliance & Hardware Store is located at 649 S. Mason Road and can be reached at (281) 578-7117. The Richmond Sears Hometown Store is located at 821 E. Highway 90A and can be reached at (281) 342-6144.

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 April 30, 2016, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,150 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.

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