National retailer to open appliance showroom, hire part-time workers
by Kara Lopp
Sears will open an appliance showroom in Matthews March 29.
The store at 9721-A Independence Blvd. will be one of only 70 of its kind nationwide, said Rudy Mazak, national field director/divisional vice president for the company. A grand opening is planned for early May, he said.
The about 5,000-square-foot-store, near Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies, will offer customers a more “intimate” appliance shopping experience of Sears brand Kenmore merchandise and 10 other national brands, Mazak said. At the shop customers also can order other Sears appliances not on display and free shipping is offered on all purchases, he said.
Sears has already hired a full-time store manager and plans to hire up to eight part-time sales associates to ready for its first customers, Mazak said. More jobs could be added as the business grows.
Why Matthews? Mazak said the company was drawn to the town because of its steady growth.
“We look for opportunities nationwide where we can bring a more convenient way to service customers and Matthews fit the bill,” he said. “We’re very excited to be coming to Matthews.”
With a focus on customer service, Mazak said Sears has latched onto the standalone appliance showrooms, with plans to add at least 20 more showrooms nationwide by the end of 2012. Other appliance showrooms recently opened in Huntersville and Charlotte’s Northlake community. With another location in Knightdale, Matthews will become the fourth Sears showroom in North Carolina.
“I think you get a very intimate shopping experience that you typically won’t find in other retailers,” Mazak said, adding the store will offer free coffee and cookies to customers and will have a children’s play area. “It’s very different.”
Need a job?
Sears is now hiring part-time sales associates for its new appliance showroom in Matthews. Apply online at www.searsholdings.com/careers, call 704-443-0046 or apply in person at the store, 9721-A Independence Blvd.