The Rise and Fall of Sears: A Timeline From Its Founding to Its Bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp. filed for bankruptcy court protection Monday, a grim development for a company with an illustrious, 132-year history in American business. While recent generations have abandoned or entirely avoided Sears stores, the company was an early innovator in U.S. retail, a godsend to heartland shoppers a century ago, and arguably a more dominant force in the retail industry than Amazon is today.

Here is a look back at the timeline of Sears’ dramatic rise and fall.

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