B.C. Sears store rebrands as RONA

SECHELT, B.C. — The last Sears store in B.C.’s Sunshine Coast region will stay in business following the chain’s liquidation as it moves to the RONA banner this week. Owners Lorene and Lyle Hagdorn said in a release last week they have reached an agreement to sell Sunshine Coast Appliance and Mattress Experts to an area RONA dealer and stay on as managers. Russ and Tess Jones, who own two Coast Builders RONA, including one in Sechelt, will assume ownership in February. This week, however, the store, which has been preparing to go independent since the first wave of Sears closures was announced in June, will swap out the Sears branding for RONA.