Business & economy

Sears brand remains vibrant in Ontario for Harris

John Harris (above) and his wife Trisha recently became the new owners of the Ontario Sears store. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Looks, John Harris said, can be deceiving.

Especially when it comes to business.

The Weiser man took over the Ontario Sears store in March. Business at the store, at 2441 Southwest 4th Avenue, is growing, said Harris.

But Harris said since he acquired the franchise, he faced a problem of perception. That’s because many people believe Sears is in financial trouble.

Sears may be but Harris isn’t. Neither is his company, Sears Hometown. Sears and Sears Hometown, said Harris, are separate organizations. Sears Hometown stores are independently owned but sell Sears products.

“We share a name but we have our own CEO and our own supply chain and our . . .