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The newly expanded Sears Roebuck store in Summit Park Mall will hold a reopening celebration todayto introduce customers to new lines of merchandise and to show off the new look of the store.

"We have brand-new merchandise, lighting, fixtures, floor coverings and displays," said Henry Manson, general manager of the store.

The $1 million-plus remodeling adds about 9,000 square feet of selling space, increasing it to more than 76,000 square feet. The store also has added 20 new employees, increasing the staff to about 190.

Today's celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Festivities today and Sunday will include shopping sprees and celebrity appearances.

The first 250 customers today will receive gift cards worth $10 each (only one card per family).

The remodeled store focuses on what Sears calls its "softer side" -- especially apparel and accessories, including Sears exclusive brands of clothing. New to the store is Sears "Circle of Beauty" line of skin-care, makeup, fragrances, bath and home accessories, and aromatherapy.

"We've also expanded our assortment of fine jewelry, as well as women's apparel -- especially petite and large sizes," Manson said.

Also new to the Summit Park Mall store is a "center for the home environment" with air-purification and water-purification products as well as home security systems.

The Summit Park store is one of about 55 throughout the nation that Sears is renovating this year as part of a $4 billion building and remodeling program that also includes the opening this year of 23 new stores.

Schaab changes name, sells distribution unit

Wm. Schaab Co., a Grand Island insulation contractor, is changing its name and selling its distribution unit.

The company will be known as Coverco Inc., and will focus its operations exclusively on providing insulation contracting services. President Richard A. Schaab said the current contract management team will be retained.

Schaab is selling its distribution operations to former employees Donald O. Argy Jr. and Anne M. Fox. The new firm, A&F Wholesale Insulation Products Inc. will be initially based on Grand Island and will specialize in the distribution of industrial insulation products to contractors and industrial users. The company expects to add several new employees within a month.

Food broker to open office

Benchmark Sales and Marketing, a food service broker with clients in upstate New York and New England, has opened a new office in Williamsville. The Massachusetts-based company will operate from offices at 150 Lawrence Bell Drive, where staffers will service accounts in Buffalo, Rochester and Erie, Pa.

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