The Great Indoors (department store)

The Great Indoors was a chain of home decor stores in the United States, founded by Sears in 1997.

The Great Indoors
IndustryHome Decor
Founded1997; 23 years ago (1997)
Defunct2012; 8 years ago (2012)
Number of locations
9 stores (2012)
ParentSears (1997-2005)
Sears Holdings (2005-2012)


The Great Indoors were approximately 140,000 square feet each. Employing nearly 300 employees for each store. Stores were organized around the four main rooms of the home -- kitchen, bath, bedroom and the great room -- with a fifth area devoted to floors and walls. each store will showcase approximately 75 lifestyle vignettes with more than 50,000 items to help customers visualize solutions for their own rooms. brands typically found within included Bosch, Kenmore, Bose, Calphalon, Corian, Croscill, Karastan, KitchenAid, Kohler, Thermador and Waverly.[1]


The Great Indoors concept was introduced in 1997. Sears believed it had growth potential within the following 10 years. However, the chain did not prove successful and Sears closed stores, starting with a first round in 2005. At one time, The Great Indoors had $550 million in sales.

On February 23, 2012, Sears Holdings Corp. announced it would be closing the remaining nine stores.[2]

On August 14, 2019, the Sears Outlet operating in the former Great Indoors in Novi, MI closed.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "California Ready to Discover The Great Indoor (Press release)". Sears Holdings. Oct 4, 2000. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  2. ^ Sandra M. Jones. "Sears closing all nine Great Indoors stores". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 February 2012.