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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Barbara Rezentes, right, wiped away tears after she learned that the Sears store at Ala Moana Center will close. She said she and her late mother, Margaret Rezentes, used to shop at Sears all the time and that now she goes there with her niece Sharon Rezentes, left. Sears was her mother's favorite store. The two women were waiting in line at the Zippy's restaurant on the lower level of the store.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE 1961: Marley T. Theaker, manager of Sears Ala Moana, used a cane knife to cut the cake at a 75th-anniversary celebration for Sears Roebuck and Co.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE 1967: The Sears sales floor offered Hawaiian-print fabric as well as aloha apparel.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE 1985: Sears Ala Moana underwent a renovation.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE May 8, 1941: Sears moved to a larger space on Beretania Street between Kalakaua Avenue and Keeaumoku Street.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE Aug. 13, 1959: More than 1,000 people attended the grand opening of Ala Moana Center, held on the upper deck outside Sears.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE Ben Franklin Dillingham II made the first-ever purchase at the new Ala Moana Center: a tube of toothpaste from Sears.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE 1959: Joyce Aiwohi of the Sears customer service department displayed a microfilm file able to condense all the data in the 53 volumes of repair department records stacked behind her.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE 1967: Sears added a jukebox to its juniors clothing department.
STAR-ADVERTISER FILE 1939: Sears opened a small display and catalog order store at 1290 Kapiolani Blvd.