Sears’ new manager gears up for holidays: Ownership, location change hasn’t slowed appliance dealer

Sears Manager Kyle Gengler, left, and his sister-in-law and employee Tanya Jo Keck discuss appliances with a customer at Sears in Dickinson on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Gengler took over management of Sears, which is owned by his stepfather. On the cover, Gengler stands in front of the Sears sign on the T-Rex Plaza off Third Avenue West. The store relocated after spending several years in a stand-alone store west of the Prairie Hills Mall.

Kyle Gengler knows he is starting his job at a busy time.

Not only is the Dickinson retail business booming, the holidays just happen to be right around the corner.

Last Tuesday morning, shortly after opening at 9 a.m., customers and looky loos started trickling in to the new Sears location in the T-Rex Plaza. Some shopped for tools — the people who knew exactly what they needed — while others browsed appliances and sale items.

“I’m already sitting here and gearing up for next week,” Gengler said as he sat behind the store’s computer, taking a break in between customer questions and shoring up his delivery driver’s morning itinerary.

Gengler is the new manager of Sears, which relocated to the T-Rex Plaza earlier this fall. The store is now owned by Gengler’s stepfather, Dale Keck.
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