PORTAGE | A trio of brothers from Downers Grove have bought the Sears Outlet Store in Portage.
Brothers Mike, Rick and Dan Gilbert acquired the outlet store – which sells overstock and discontinued items at discounted prices – at 6169 U.S. 6. Sears has been franchising more than 1,200 of its stores since 2012.
The Gilbert brothers already own and operate six Sears Appliance and Hardware Stores and six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms.
They are planning a grand-opening of the Portage store from Thursday through Sunday, when giveaways and a 10 percent discount on most merchandise will be offered.
"The Portage community has been very welcoming, so we wanted to host this celebration to thank them for their continued support," Mike Gilbert said. "Our goal is to simplify the outlet shopping experience, so we have assembled a highly-trained staff that's ready to help guide customers around the store and teach them about the differences in brands or models. We want everyone to find exactly what they're looking for, at the lowest possible price."
The outlet stores typically have about 18,000 square feet, as well as hundreds of items, such as home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, apparel, mattresses, sporting goods and tools. The merchandise often is discontinued, used, cosmetically blemished or reconditioned with new parts.
The Portage location is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.