I dig these Sears threads.
Sears was THE store back in the day. Most of my original games came from Sears although funny enough our first VCS was an Atari branded one. Dad saw that Gemco had an awesome sale one weekend and so off we went and he had it hooked up to our Zenith portable (portable in that it sat on a table instead of being a huge console TV) that same day...
We usually shopped at Sears. There was one on Southmore in Pasadena, TX that we shopped at all the time. It was a 2 story standalone building built in the late '50s I believe when that part of the Houston area was booming. By the late 1970's/early 1980's it was still a pretty nice part of town economically speaking. The Sears was really nice, the middle of the building had a huge snack bar with popcorn, submarine sandwiches, candy, and soft drinks/ICEE's. There was a small arcade area near one of the entrances that had a few games. The toy section was near the automotive/tool section of the store. My Dad would drop my brother and I off in the toy section while he looked at tools. Mom would usually be upstairs looking at housewares or clothes.
At the time they had one of those Sears Telegame cabinets set up so you could play a lot of the games. It was pretty easy to tell which games were clones even though they had different names than their Atari counterparts, so we never double bought any games.
I do remember that there was also a Sears Surplus store off of I-45 South. That was a Sears store that sold scratch/dent applicances, last season clothes, and other stock that was just being closed out. When the crash hit, we got a bunch of games there. I think a lot of them were only $.99 sometimes.
Remember that during those days, Sears had enough clout to even have their own GI Joe exclusives (like a Cobra version of the Mobat tank). Even camping gear made by Coleman had a Sears logo on it back then.
Up until fairly recently, my Dad would only buy Craftsman tools. They were made in USA and had a lifetime warranty. Now they are made in China and there isn't much reason to spend the extra cash when you can buy the same thing just about at Harbor Freight.