DESTIN – One of the newest plans at Sears (besides closing Sears and Kmart stores and licensing the DieHard brand) is to sell Craftsman tools at Ace Hardware stores. (Look here for report by Sandra Jones.) The pilot program involves 100 stores.  It immediately appears a winner for Ace asMORE HERE

HOFFMAN ESTATES – As the most iconic and historic retailer in the U.S. and owner of some of America’s greatest brands, Sears, Roebuck & Co. made a major jump into social media with the launch of MySears.com last spring. It now has 1.9 million monthly unique visits; (the Sears.com siteMORE HERE

A few weeks ago, Peggy Noonan wrote in her weekly Wall Street Journal column about the importance of seeing Bergdorf Goodman, and how it cheered her. We should definitely thank ourselves for making it through the year.  And we should be thankful that Bergdorf’s is still there. (Above, an oldMORE HERE

QUEENS, N.Y. – We are reading the AIA history of New York City architecture and we spy a forgotten name. Russ Togs. The guide mentions the Russ Togs Manufacturing and Distribution Center at 27-09 49th Ave. at the SE corner of 27th Street. The building and its sign were icons,MORE HERE

LAWRENCE, KANSAS – We hear from BrandlandUSA reader Joe Vaughan that we need to mention Weaver’s Department Store. Says Vaughan, “It has operated continuously in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas since 1857 – that’s correct 1-8-5-7! It has been passed down through one family and has been in its present four-story buildingMORE HERE

YORK, Pa.-We watch carefully the fate of Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which owns some great old legacy department store names that include: Carson Pirie Scott, Bon-Ton Bergner’s Boston Store Elder-Beerman Herberger’s Younkers Parisian It’s not a “bon” scene at Bon Ton, as their stock is less than $2 aMORE HERE

FRESNO, Calif.- After 105 years in business, renowned department store chain Gottschalks Inc. (Pink Sheets: GOTT.PK) began liquidation today. The going out of business sale will include all 58 Gottschalks locations in California (38), Washington (7), Alaska (5), Oregon (5), Nevada (1) and Idaho (2). Founded in 1904, Gottschalks becameMORE HERE