Sears gives to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Union County

September 18, 2010 - Sears of Blairsville, Georgia holds Save and Give event

Blairsville Sears recently partnered with Relay for Life Union County and the American Cancer Society to host a fundraiser. As part of this special event Sears donated a percentage of sales proceeds to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the donation, the event also included an additional 5% off almost everything in the store to help customers save on their purchases.

“We are delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to Blairsville and Union County,” says Andy Burks, owner of the Blairsville Sears Hometown store. “During these difficult economic times it is great to be able to find a means to give back to organizations in need.”

The Blairsville Hometown Sears store has a knowledgeable team in place with the focus on providing customers with great products, exceptional customer service, and a wonderful store experience. The Sears Hometown offers an incredible selection of top appliance brands such as Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Bosch, Frigidaire, and GE, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman tools, home electronics, fitness equipment, mattresses, and more. In addition, customers can now order products online and pick them up in the store without a shipping charge.


Andy Burks

October 30, 2009 - Sears of Blairsville, Georgia top sales in United States

Sears Hometown Store in Blairsville, Georgia is a great place to shop and has the figures to prove it. According to recent totals, the Blairsville Sears is the top store in TV sales in the country. It is also one of the top 25 stores in appliance sales and one of the top 50 stores in overall sales (out of over 900 Sears Hometown Stores in the United States).

Owner Andy Burks says, "We have won lots of awards over the years, but the main thing is keeping our customers happy. That's why we continue to be one of the top Sears Hometown Stores in the nation."

He explains, "Due to a special promotion, we are able to reward our shoppers with fantastic opportunities to save during a special one day sale on Saturday, November 7 , 2009. There will be an additional 10% off of everything in the store including the already discounted items."

According to Burks, this offer is available because of the large sales volumes tallied at the local Blairsville Sears Store in Union County. Even though prices usually remain constant at every Sears' location, occasionally an exception is allowed in celebration of one store's exceptional performance. Blairsville Sears is the place, so don't forget to join in the fun (and savings).

David Montgomery, Andy Burks, Mary Ann Postell, Robert Gallagher, and Doug Sneed with collection box for food pantry
David Montgomery, Andy Burks, Mary Ann Postell, Robert Gallagher, and Doug Sneed with collection box for food pantry

December 11, 2009 - Sears is giving back to local community

With Project Replace and the 4th Annual Food Drive, Sears Hometown Store in Blairsville, Georgia is giving back to the people of Union County. Owner Any Burks says, "Most everyone needs a little help at one time or another - especially in these tough economic times."

Project Replace is unique to the Blairsville Sears Store. (Andy came up with the idea after noticing that customers were replacing gently used working appliances with new "better" models.) The local Sears delivery crew removes the "old" appliance, stores it in a warehouse here in town, waits for a request, then gives the appliance away!

Sears recycles the appliances to families in need. The program is not only funded by the Blairsville Sears, but also by Sears' customers. By turning in used appliances when purchasing new ones, Sears' customers get the satisfaction of knowing they have helped someone less fortunate in a very meaningful way.

Project Replace uses a network of local churches and organizations to identify those in need. Andy Burke says, "I came up with the project about three years ago. Occasionally someone would explain their hardships and financial problems and ask for a used appliance. As one of the highest volume appliance dealers in the southeast, we were destroying more than a hundred appliances a month - many in great condition. It was simple to get the project going. We began to stage, inventory, and warehouse used appliances until time for them to get a new home."

Andy continues, "Howard Wells at the First Baptist Church was key in getting the message and details of our program to the local churches and establishing contacts so we could have a vehicle to reach those people in need. Originally the supply was far greater than the demand. Today things have changed - the need is greater than we have ever seen."

The Blairsville Sears store does not track the number of appliances donated. They do not claim any benefits or seek any assistance. Andy adds, "We set fixed expected needs for each appliance category, try to keep inventory levels to fill projected needs, and then give to people who need a little help at that particular moment. Giving away a product that is the same as what we are trying to sale may seem a bit anti-growth. Perhaps that is why this particular idea has not been replicated in other markets. I believe it is a sensible way to help our community and keeps stuff out of our landfills at the same time." Sears is going "green" by giving.

The 4th Annual Food Drive is also underway at Blairsville Sears Store. Canned and boxed non-perishable food items, diapers, paper towels, handy wipes, and other products will be collected throughout the month of December. Customers can receive up to $25 off purchases when they donate three or more non-perishable food items. The food will be distributed to local churches and the 9th District Food Pantry in Union County.