Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Announces Spring Make-A-Wish(R) Donation Campaign

National Retailer Continues Support of Make-A-Wish to Help Grant Wishes for Children With Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Hoffman Estates, Illinois, UNITED STATES

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., May 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As a part of its continuing relationship with Make-A-Wish®, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) announces that Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores, Sears Outlet Stores, Sears Hometown Stores and Sears Home Appliance Showrooms nationwide will participate in a charitable program this spring.

From May 21 to June 4, Sears Hometown & Outlet customers who donate $5 or more to Make-A-Wish in-store will receive a 10 percent-off shopping pass for the weekend of June 5 and 6. Customers who have not made a donation in advance may also receive 10 percent-off their purchases on June 5 and 6 with a donation of $10 or more.

"We are consistently impressed by the contributions made by our customers," said Will Powell, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. "Our 2014 Make-A-Wish campaign raised over $500,000 which can impact the lives of so many children, and we're looking forward to another successful campaign."

David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, said, "The support from Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores helps us get closer to our vision of one day granting the wish of every eligible child. A wish-come-true can be a game-changer for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, so every donation can help change wish kids' lives for the better."

Participation is limited while quantities last. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores plans to continue its relationship with Make-A-Wish with additional campaigns throughout the year.

About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) is a national retailer primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. As of January 31, 2015, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,260 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.

In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provides consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. operates through two segments—the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment. The Sears Hometown and Hardware segment's stores are designed to provide customers with in-store and online access to a wide selection of national brands of home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools, sporting goods and household goods, depending on the particular store. The Sears Outlet stores are designed to provide customers with in-store and online access to purchase new, one-of-a-kind, out-of-carton, discontinued, reconditioned, overstocked and scratched and dented products across a broad assortment of merchandise categories, including home appliances, apparel, mattresses, sporting goods, tools and lawn and garden equipment at prices that are significantly lower than list prices.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

For more information contact: Lauren Underhill, Fishman Public Relations, at (847) 945-1300 or or visit the corporate website at