Sears and Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg - A brief timeline

Last Modified: Sun Sep 26 2021 17:23:27 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 04 Aug 1971
    Sears at Woodfield opens.
  • 09 Sep 1971
    Woodfield itself -- with the "Wood" named after former Sears Chairman Robert E. Wood -- has its official grand opening. Marshall Field's, which supplied the "field" in the mall's name, is the other anchor.
  • 06 Oct 1971
    JCPenney becomes the third department store.
  • 03 Oct 1973
    Woodfield expands, with Lord & Taylor becoming the fourth department store.
  • 1992
    Sears moves headquarters to Prairie Stone Business Park in Hoffman Estates after more than a century in Chicago.
  • 1993
    Sears begins selling off its financial services companies, including Allstate Insurance, based in Northbrook.
  • 1995
    Woodfield expands again as retail demand reaches a peak. Nordstrom joins the department stores, while Lord & Taylor is relocated.
  • 2005
    Kmart buys Sears to form Sears Holdings Corp.
  • 2006
    Marshall Field's is rebranded as Macy's.
  • 2011
    Sears considers leaving Illinois, gets tax benefits to stay in Hoffman Estates.
  • 2018 - 2020
    Sears stores close at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, Golf Mill in Niles, Gurnee Mills, Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect, Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee and Stratford Square in Bloomingdale.
  • Aug 2020
    Lord & Taylor announces it's closing its Woodfield store.
  • 16 Sep 2021
    Disclosure that Sears at Woodfield Mall, Illinois' last store, will close 14 Nov 2021.