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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • New owner acquires business

  • The new owner of the Hope Sears Store is excited to be here and excited about the prospects this acquisition will bring in the future.
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  • The new owner of the Hope Sears Store is excited to be here and excited about the prospects this acquisition will bring in the future. Nathan Gerth, 27, is from Texarkana, Texas, and he recently bought the Sears Store in Hope. He was born in Columbus, Texas, moved to Austin, Texas, when he was young and stayed for awhile. “After I had lived in Austin, we moved to Texarkana, Texas,” Gerth said. “I went to a private school, NAI, which was run by Northside Assembly of God in Texarkana. I graduated from Texas High in 2004 and went to Texarkana Community College from 2004-2005. “I transferred to Henderson State University in Spring, 2006, and attended there until Fall of 2008,” he said. “I was in the Aviation Program there, but took a couple of semesters off. I went back to school in 2009 and graduated with a BBA in December, 2011. I worked at Wal-Mart from 2007 until 2013. I took over Sears, January 12, 2013. “My education has helped a little bit,” Gerth said. “My parents met Pam and Eddie Wood through their cleaning supply business. Wood made an offer I couldn't refuse. God did it in His timing because I promised myself that by February, I would have a job that utilized my degree.” Gerth's parents are Edward and Jeannette Gerth, and Nathan has three siblings, Phillip, Naomi, and Anna. He also has three nieces and one nephew. When asked about goals for the store and himself, Gerth said, “My dream is to own a private flight charter and an indoor skydiving business. It will be called “Sky Monkey.” “Flying is my passion and being my own boss is great,” he said. “I want to be the best Christian I can be, and be a good, trustworthy boss. I have a really good crew here at Sears. “I just recently moved to Hope and I would like to settle down with a good Christian woman someday.” Sears store hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Sunday, from 12-5 p.m.

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