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Sears Hometown Store to have new owners

CONWAY — Sears Hometown has new owners effective Oct. 15, as manager Matt Lyman and his wife, Kim, are purchasing the store located on Eastman Road in Center Conway.

Matt Lyman had worked for former owner Ben Gutowski for nine years.

Gutowski retired last December, at which time Ed Gregory of Newport purchased the store.

Gregory — who at one time owned 11 Sears Hometown Stores and now owns three, including the Center Conway store — agreed to sell the local store to the Lymans, effective Oct. 15.

“In keeping with the brand, Sears likes its local franchises to be locally owned, so I was asked if I would be interested,” said Matt, 47, of Center Conway.

“I discussed it with Kim, and we agreed.

“We are very excited about owning the store, and we look forward to promoting its hometown, independently owned operations,” Matt said,

The store held a grand reopening in August, to promote the Sears Hometown Stores’ brand of America’s Appliance Experts, according to Matt.

“With the AAE branding, we are geared more toward appliances than other items. However, we still carry and can order all those other items — such as tractors, snowblowers, tools and mattresses,” he said.

Matt said he and his employees take pride in offering personal service.

“We had an elderly customer in this week who asked if we could deliver a microwave to his North Conway home, and we were glad to do it because that’s the kind of service that we’re known for and take pride in providing,” Matt said,

Originally from Silver Lake, Matt has been in the retail business for nearly 30 years.

“That experience has taught me that customers come first,” he said.

The store carries appliances from refrigerators to washers, dishwashers, microwaves, grilles (gas and charcoal, for outside), dryers, ranges and lawnmowers.

It also has a line of Craftsman and Husqvarna tractors and snowblowers, as well as Poulan, Craftsman and Huskvrana chainsaws, along with other tools.

Other items include mattresses, patio furniture sets, fitness equipment and even kayaks.

Furniture such a recliners and beds can be special-ordered and can typically be delivered within three to five days.

Sears offers free local delivery within a 20-mile radius and free installation.

Sears is known for affordable and reliable products, and knowledgeable customer service, as well as competitive pricing.

“We will match any competitors’ price so you will never pay more at Sears Hometown,” said Matt.

He and Kim — who is a branch office administrator for Edward Jones Financial Services of North Conway — want to work with other community businesses to highlight the region’s array of privately owned businesses.

“As an independent, we will get more involved with the community,” said Matt. “On Oct. 13, for example, we will be holding an Oktoberfest, with seven small local businesses in the store, selling their items.”

They include the Pampered Chef, selling kitchen accessories; Tupperware; Athena’s adult novelty items; Vantel Pearls (jewelry items); Scentsy (aromatic soy and wax candles); Color Street (acrylic nails and fingernail polish); and Morning Glory Boutique (leggings).

“We are here to help and support not only residents but small business owners. We will be doing more of these events in the coming months,” said Matt.

Employees are Tyler Ty, Andrew Brock and Paul Smith.

The store also recently became a rental agency for U-Haul, with eight moving trucks available for rent.

Hours at Sears Hometown are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call (603) 356-5777 or go to

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