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Shoppers share memories as Sears at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville prepares to close
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Customers shop at Sears in Lakeshore Mall on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. This Sears location is set to close in late March, which will bring an end to the department store's history in Hall County.
Seventy-seven-year-old Mary Young remembers flipping through the Sears catalog as a girl and weaving her way through crowds of people to peruse the store’s merchandise. Growing up in Gainesville she went to the original Sears, Roebuck and Co. department store, which opened in 1965 on South Enota Drive. She later started visiting the Sears at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville, which arrived in 1987. The Sears at that location is set to close in late March, which will bring an end to the department store’s history in Hall County. It is among many stores that will soon close nationwide, part of a restructuring the company is going through in an attempt to remain viable in the age of Amazon and other online competitors.

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