Sears Chronology
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United States enters World War II; many Sears items are pulled from stores and catalogs due to rationing.

Sears-Roebuck Foundation, a philanthropic organization, is chartered.

Sears ends mail-order groceries.


Women make up 75 percent of Sears' workforce at height of World War II.
Sales exceed $1 billion.
Anticipating U.S. demographic changes, Sears begins a program to build large stores in suburbs.

Television sets appear in catalogs.
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