Cowart sells Sears Hometown Store to Hightower

The Sears Hometown Store in Mountain Home will be under new leadership the next time patrons enter its doors. The local retailer has been sold by its previous owner, Eden Cowart, to J.R. Hightower with the change becoming official today.

Cowart has operated the store since 2004 when she purchased it from her father, Jim Allen. She says it's been in her family for over a half century.

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Sears' Mountain Home location was originally in the Ozark Shopping Center in downtown Mountain Home in 1965, and it began as a company-owned catalog store. Allen, originally from Mississippi, moved to Mountain Home in 1966 and ran the operations. Sears stopped production of the catalogs in 1992, and that's when local retailer became a Sears dealer store. It moved to its current location in 1996, and nearly nine years later, it changed to a Sears Hometown Store. Allen says there have been several changes in the store's merchandise since it began as a catalog store.

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Cowart says she plans to stay in the Twin Lakes Area for retirement. She goes on to say Hightower is looking to come in as the new owner and give the store a fresh new start.

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Sears Hometown Store is located on U.S. Highway 62B East next to Orscheln Farm and Home.

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