Illinois Man Wins His Own Sears Hometown Store

September 22, 2010

Our Illinois guy won!

Last month, Chicagoland Real Estate Forum told you about a contest called, “Operation Stores & Stripes.”

Edward Schrank, Sears Hometown Store owner in Rochelle, Illinois

The five-month-long, Sears- and Maytag-sponsored contest was searching for the most deserving U.S. military veteran in the country. That person would win their own Sears Hometown Store.

It was down to two contestants:

*David Wheatley of London, Ohio

*Edward Schrank from Rochelle, Illinois

Mr. Schrank from Illinois won and will become the owner of a Sears Hometown store in Rochelle this year.

“We are proud to congratulate Edward Schrank and are happy to welcome him into the Sears Hometown Stores family,” said Will Powell, president, Sears Hometown Stores. “We saw enormous levels of enthusiasm from both of our outstanding finalists. We thank them not only for sharing their military experiences, but of course, for their service to our country and their dedication to their communities.”

Schrank has been an active duty Marine for 13 years. He suffered a head injury in 2006, which turned out to be a blessing after doctors found a brain tumor that was a rare and durable form of cancer. Schrank had his left eye and skull removed to defeat the disease.

As a result of that experience, Schrank founded Survivor Team to help mentor others dealing with cancer. After a second brain tumor was found, Schrank did his own research and found a form of radiation he felt would beat that cancer.

Schank says, “To date, I have received more radiation than anyone else ever has.”

During his recovery, Schrank transformed his Survivor Team non-profit organization into CancerSTAR, which offers the most comprehensive database of cancer-support resources in the country. C.Star was awarded the ASTRO Survivor Circle Award, the national award for the industry.

Mr. Schrank will receive his own Sears Hometown Store location and license, plus merchandise, renovation, the first 90 days of the lease and 90 days of operating cash flow.

“I can’t wait to receive the keys to the store and get to work,” said Schrank. “In this economy, Americans need jobs and I’m proud to be able to open the doors to my own store and help energize local commerce and productivity.”

Sears Hometown Stores are different in that they have the products and services associated with large retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.

“I want to thank Sears Hometown Stores for giving me the opportunity to take part in this amazing contest. Small business ownership is a strong American tradition and I am proud to join the ranks of my fellow hardworking countrymen and women,” said Edward Schrank. “Of course, I would not have won without my background in the military, the support of my community, my friends and my family. I hope everyone will join me at the ribbon cutting.”

Rochelle is located about 75 miles west from Chicago. Not too bad of a drive to support an Illinois man with a big heart.

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