Hoffman Estates, Ill. - Sears' independent Hometown Stores are celebrating their 17th anniversary with a nationwide sweepstakes.
Their month-long "Share in the Celebration" giveaway features $64,000 in prizes, including Whirlpool and Samsung stainless -steel kitchen suites, laundry pairs from Samsung and Fisher & Paykel, GE range and microwave oven packages, and a Sharp 52-inch 120Hz LED TV and Blu-ray player.
The grand prize is a 2011 Toyota Tundra and the chance to take part in an awards ceremony at a local Sears Hometown Store.
The Hometown Stores, along with their sister Sears Home Appliance Showrooms and Sears Appliance and Hardware Stores, are mostly independently owned and operated or franchised. The 1,130 specialty stores are generally located in smaller communities nationwide, and carry proprietary Sears brands such as Kenmore and Craftsman, as well as a wide assortment of national brands.
The approximately 970 Hometown Stores sell appliances, consumer electronics, lawn and garden equipment, tools, fitness equipment, tractor and boat batteries, and mattresses.
"We are launching this anniversary sweepstakes because we really want to thank our customers for their continued support throughout the last 17 years," said Will Powell, senior VP of Sears Hometown Stores. "Even with the fluctuations in the economy, the Sears Hometown Stores have continued to grow, which is a testament to our customers' loyalty."
Customers can enter the online sweepstakes once a day at
, and can participate in an in-store scratch-off promotion July 9-17, which could afford them up to 15 percent off a single item.