Sears Roebuck and Company, or Sears for short, was founded in 1820 in New York City by Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck.
The company began as a mail order business with their first catalog in 1888. By 1894, the catalog was over 300 pages and reached over 500 pages the following year.
In 1925, the first retail location was opened in Chicago, Illinois.
The company built many stand-alone stores from 1925 into the 1950s. Their strategy then changed during the 60s and 70s to building stores inside shopping malls.
In 2005, Sears was purchased by Kmart and the Sears Holding Group was formed.
The company currently operates over 2200 stores in the US. The Sears corporate office is located in Hoffman Estates, IL.