Apr. 7—The Chattanooga area’s oldest operating shoe store is preparing to close by this summer.
Jerry Sear, who has worked most of his 79 years at his Sear’s Shoe Store in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, is lacing up his inventory of thousands of shoes this spring and calling it quits, ending 81 years of retailing in the area by Sear and his father.
Sear shut down his Lafayette Road store in Fort Oglethorpe for three days this week to begin preparing a final liquidation sale that begins on Thursday as he readies to finally retire and head south.
Sear, who turns