TLDR: VERSION: At one time there were upwards of 3,500 Sears stores in Oregon and Washington state. Only 1 remains!
How many Sears locations were here in the Upper Pacific Northwest?
Recently we saw Sears stores closing left and right in the Pacific Northwest. Yakima's location in Washington state was one that held on as long as it could, closing just last year. As one of the largest retailers, or just about any medium to large-sized town would have a Sears department store. Bigger cities would even have multiple Sears locations.
Often an anchor location to any popular mall, Sears was the place to get just about anything you need including budget clothing, designer-brand clothes, suits, dresses and even items like lawnmowers, laundry machines and so much more.
In the late '70s to early '80s you could even buy a Sears-brand Atari 2600. In today's market, that would be like if you could get a TJ Maxx Xbox or a brand new Macy's Nintendo Switch.
How many Sears stores are left?
Do you miss Sears? Do you wish you could still shop for amazing products at low, low prices? Well, you can! I've seen a couple of conflicting reports, but there are less than 20 now around these parts. I saw some that said 12 Sears locations, some that say 17, but less than 20 stores remaining compared to 3,500 is quite a drop in numbers.
Not that it's funny, but when you look at the map that ScrapeHero has made, it looks like one of those commercials where they have the dirt on the dish and drop the repellent soap into it and all the dirt escape to all corners of the plate. That's what it looks like for the remaining Sears location.
Where is the last Sears in the Upper Pacific Northwest?
If you look south of Seattle, Wash., you'll find the tiny town of Tukwila, right between Renton and the SeaTac airport. Tukwila is a neat town that has one of the best malls in the Northwest, the Westfield Southcenter Mall. Not only are there some unique shops here but they also have a Sears store that's very much so open for businesses. It is the last one left in all of Washington and Oregon. Only three Sears stores remain in California!
It might just be a quick 2.5 hour drive or so away for you; Just think: you could be doing all of your back-to-school shopping all over again at Sears! Take advantage of it while you still can.
LOOK: Holiday gift crazes and fads of the past century
Stacker compiled a list of toy crazes from the past 100 years.
LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving
To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.
Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.
SEE: 30 Toys That Defined the '70s
MORE: See 30 toys that every '90s kid wanted
KEEP READING: Check out these totally awesome '80s toys
LOOK: 25 fascinating vintage photos of the first Winter Olympic Games
The first-ever Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, showcasing a variety of sports and athletes. Stacker assembled a collection of photos from those first Games.
CHECK IT OUT: 100 sports records and the stories behind them
KEEP READING: Here are 50 of the most famous sports goofs
TACKLE THESE: Check Out the Best Uniforms In Each NFL Team's History
10 Old Fisher Price Toys That Are a Blast From The Past
LOOK: Things from the year you were born that don't exist anymore
The iconic (and at times silly) toys, technologies, and electronics have been usurped since their grand entrance, either by advances in technology or breakthroughs in common sense. See how many things on this list trigger childhood memories—and which ones were here and gone so fast you missed them entirely.
Pac-Man Facts: 40 Easily Digestible Bits of Arcade-Game History
From his arcade-game fame to his own TV show and appearances on all kinds of collectibles, a look back at Pac-Man.
15 Iconic Retail Stores That Don't Exist Anymore (But We Totally Miss Shopping At)
LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born
CHECK IT OUT: These words were born in the '80s
Here are the top 25 hits of the ‘80s based on their overall popularity.
CHECK IT OUT: Here Are the 77 Most '70s Things About 1977
LOOK: What major laws were passed the year you were born?
Data for this list was acquired from trusted online sources and news outlets. Read on to discover what major law was passed the year you were born and learn its name, the vote count (where relevant), and its impact and significance.
LOOK: 100 years of American military history
KEEP READING: See notable new words that were coined the year you were born
KEEP READING: Scroll to see what the big headlines were the year you were born
Here's a look at the headlines that captured the moment, spread the word, and helped shape public opinion over the last 100 years.
LOOK: How Halloween has changed in the past 100 years
Stacker compiled a list of ways that Halloween has changed over the last 100 years, from how we celebrate it on the day to the costumes we wear trick-or-treating. We’ve included events, inventions, and trends that changed the ways that Halloween was celebrated over time. Many of these traditions were phased out over time. But just like fake blood in a carpet, every bit of Halloween’s history left an impression we can see traces of today.
TOP 10: The best holiday TV specials of all time, ranked
LOOK: Food history from the year you were born
From product innovations to major recalls, Stacker researched what happened in food history every year since 1921, according to news and government sources.
LOOK: 40 Discontinued & Special Edition Kellogg's Cereals
LOOK: 15 Discontinued McDonald's Menu Items
LOOK: 50 Famous brands that no longer exist
Stacker compiled a list of more than four dozen famous consumer brands that no longer exist, consulting sites such as TheStreet, Good Housekeeping, and Eat This, Not That!, along with numerous throwback sites dedicated to consumer brands.
KEEP READING: What were the most popular baby names from the past 100 years?
See How School Cafeteria Meals Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
Using government and news reports, Stacker has traced the history of cafeteria meals from their inception to the present day, with data from news and government reports. Read on to see how various legal acts, food trends, and budget cuts have changed what kids are getting on their trays.
KEEP READING: 10 classic board games that will take you way back
Popular Child Stars From Every Year
Below, Stacker sifted through movie databases, film histories, celebrity biographies and digital archives to compile this list of popular pint-sized actors from 1919 through 2021.