Eddie Lampert plays several often-conflicting roles in what could be the final chapter for the company that began as a mail order watch business 132 years ago. He’s been chairman, CEO, landlord, lender, and largest shareholder — all at the same time. If the company survives, he wins. If it ends up liquidating, he also wins.
The fate of Sears — and its Kmart brand — is likely to be decided Monday at a bankruptcy auction in New York. There, those who are owed money by Sears will consider Lampert’s last-ditch plan to preserve 425 stores and 50,000 jobs.
Win or lose, Sears’ chairman may still come out on top