BROOKSVILLE - Shoppers and local dignitaries gathered at the relatively new Sears Outlet in Brooksville on Friday. Some came for bargains, but most came to celebrate the spirit of a new business in Brooksville, and the recent hiring of 30 employees.
"I think this is bigger for the city than it is for us," said Patrick Analore, store manager at the new Brooksville location.
Analore said the opening was so exciting for the community because Sears Outlet took a chance on the building that sat empty for so long, and he said he hopes the message will spread to other retailers looking at Brooksville.
The 19490 Cortez Blvd. store opened earlier this year in a long-vacant former Publix supermarket in Brooksville Square.
"On behalf of the City of Brooksville, we think you made a very, very wise choice coming to our historic city," said Mayor Kevin Hohn, adding he looked forward to the city cooperating with the business in the future.
As part of the grand opening, Sears Outlet donated four bicycles to area Kiwanis Clubs.
The grand opening celebration continues through today with discounts and giveaways.