From Calgary to Castlegar, new Sears owner ready for challenge

Profile of Sears store in Castlegar, BC, serving the West Kootenay area and beyond.

Jessica

Jessica

For new Castlegar Sears owner Brian Lomheim, his daily commute from Blewett to the Sears store is a relaxing walk in the park after 30 years working in Calgary.

Lomheim, along with his wife Laurie, took over the Castlegar Sears in May of this year.

“I’ve been with Sears since August of 1977 out of Calgary, Alberta,” he said.

The Lomheims live on an acreage in Blewett that they’ve owned since 2007.

“I just wanted something different,” said Lonheim. “I wanted to get out of Calgary.”

He doesn’t expect to miss the 30 and 40 below mornings from Calgary, but he does expect more snow.

“I don’t even wear a winter jacket,” said Lonheim. “When you’re used to -40 you don’t need on at -10.”

The Sears store in Castlegar sells many major brand-name appliances.

“We have brands like Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Bosch, Kenmore, you name it -we’ve got it,” he said.

“We also have beds, elliptical equipment like fitness, treadmills, television sets, snowblowers, garden tractors, vaccum cleaners from Dyson and Bissel, television sets.”

People can also find top notch stoves, washers and dryers, dish washers, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances all from major brands.

There are many advantage to shopping at Sears.

“At Sears, you can use your Sears card,” said Lomheim. “At Sears, we back what we sell. We have a satisfaction guaranteed policy. We have a technician on site who services and repairs all the appliances. You get your bonus Sears club points when you use your Sears card.”

Many Canadians remember the excitement of seeing the Sears catalogue and Wishbook in the mail just before Christmas.

“You can do all your catalog shopping here at the store,” said Lomheim. “The Christmas Wishbook is out now. It’s the 60th anniversary. You can shop online. We prefer that you phone us direct because that supports us locally plus we can give you coupons to use. Calling us direct you can get whatever coupons are available and you can pick up your item right here at our store.”

Sears has a three or five year protection plan for appliances that covers the product from top to bottom.

“It covers power surges that aren’t covered by the product warranty,” said Lomheim. “Fridges and freezers are covered up to $250 in food loss. If the item is not repairable, we’ll replace it. If you move and want to leave your appliances, that production agreement goes to the next owner. If a technician doesn’t have to go to your house in that three or five year period, we’ll give you that protection agreement money back in the form of a Sears gift card. So it’s like a free insurance. It’s a win-win for the home-owners so they have that piece of mind.”

The store offers delivery service for all appliances at a reasonable charge.

“That way you don’t have to worry about having to borrow a buddy’s truck, or worry about wrecking your back or the product,” said Lonheim.

Sears in Castlegar is open seven days a week. Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

 

For new Castlegar Sears owner Brian Lomheim, his daily commute from Blewett to the Sears store is a relaxing walk in the park, after 30 years working in Calgary.

Lomheim, along with his wife Laurie, took over the Castlegar Sears in May of this year.

“I’ve been with Sears since August of 1977 out of Calgary, Alberta,” he said.

The Lomheims live on an acreage in Blewett, that they’ve owned since 2007.

“I just wanted something different,” said Lonheim. “I wanted to get out of Calgary.”

He doesn’t expect to miss the 30 and 40 below mornings from Calgary, but he does expect more snow.

“I don’t even wear a winter jacket,” said Lonheim. “When you’re used to -40 you don’t need on at -10.”

The Sears store in Castlegar sells many major brand appliances.

“We have brand like Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Bosch, Kenmore, you name it -we’ve got it,” he said.

“We also have beds, elliptical equipment like fitness, treadmills, television sets, snowblowers, garden tractors, vaccum cleaners from Dyson and Bissel, television sets.”

People can also find top notch stoves, washers and dryers, dish washers, microwaves, and other kitchen appliances all from major brands.

There are many advantage of shopping at Sears.

“At Sears, you can use your Sears card,” said Lomheim. “At Sears, we back what we sell. We have a satisfaciton guaranteed policy. We have a technician on site in the store who services and repairs all the appliances. You get your bonus Sears club points when you use your Sears card.”

Everyone Canadian remembers the excitment of seeing the Sears catalogue and Wishbook in the mail just before Christmas. “You can do all your catalog shopping here at the store,” said Lomheim. “The Christmas Wishbook is out now. It’s the 60th anniversary. You can shop online. We prefer that you phone us direct because that supports us locally plus we can give you coupons to use. Calling us direct you can get whatever coupons are available and you can pick up your item right here at our store.”

Sears has a three or five year protection plan for appliances that covers the product from top to bottom.

“It covers power surges that aren’t covered by the product warranty,” said Lomheim. “Fridges and freezers are covered up to $250 in food loss. If the item is not repairable, we’ll replace it. If you move and want to leave your appliances, that production aggreement goes to the next owner. If a technician doesn’t have to go to your house in that three or five year period, we’ll give you that protection agreement money back in the form of a Sears gift card. So it’s like a free insurance. It’s a win-win for the home-owners so they have that piece of mind. ”

The store offers delivery service for all appliances at a reasonable charge.

 

“That way you don’t have to worry about having to borrow a buddy’s truck, or worry about wrecking your back or the product,

“ said Lonheim.

 

Sears in Castlegar is open seven days a week. Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.