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The Great Indoors concept was introduced in 1997 by Sears. They believed the chain could have 150 stores within the next 10 years. However, the chain did not prove successful, and Sears closed all stores. The Great Indoors had 550 million in sales. It was led by Teresa Byrd. She was followed by Jim Comerford as President and General Manager.
The Great Indoors had locations in Chandler, Arizona; Scottsdale, Arizona; Burbank, California; Chino Hills, California; Louisville, Colorado; Lone Tree, Colorado; Deerfield, Illinois Schaumburg, Illinois and Lombard, Illinois; Gaithersburg, Maryland; Novi, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Columbus, Ohio; Farmers Branch, Texas; and Houston, Texas and Woodbridge, New Jersey.
On February 23, 2012 Sears Holdings Corp. announced it was closing all nine "The Great Indoors" stores.