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Sears, Roebuck and Co was based in Chicago, Illinois and operated a chain of department stores across America. The company was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in 1886. They began operations as a mail order catalogue busines and and began opening retail locations in 1925 They were previously based in the Sears Tower in Chicago. And were most recently headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

They markered a line of diecast vehicles under their in-house brand name of "Road Mates". Playart, Yat Ming and Zee all provided castings to Sears during that time frame. The Yat Ming castings were also marketed in Canada at the Sears store in Toronto, Ontario.

Playwell's "Flash 'n' Sound" vehicles were also found at the Sears' Toronto department store location. The logo on their bases is thought to be that of Hong Kong Toy Centre, Ltd and is also found on their blister cards. One example each, of the BMW and Mercedes-Benz were found in Europe without the light and sound features by Remco Nathrop.

They were purchased by the Kmart an American discount store chain and renamed Sears Holdings after the merger was completed. Sears was the largest retailer in the United States until October 1989, when it was surpassed by Walmart. It was the fourth-largest American department store company by sales as of October 2013 (behind Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Home Depot), and the twelfth-largest retailer in America overall. It operated divisions in Canada and Mexico, among several subsidiaries within its brand holding.

By 2017, facing bankruptcy Sear and Kmart began closing locations across the country with only a few locations remaining open by either retailer in 2019.

Sears also originaly produced 1:1 cars from 1908 to 1912. And again in 1952, until 1953. Cooper Tire formerly manufactured all tires sold under the Sears Guardsman brand at Sears, Roebuck & Co. stores.

Playwell "Flash 'n' Sound Casting List

Ferrari F 40
Ford Aerostar
Jeep Cherokee
Porsche 928

Sourced references -

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
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