COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)-Sears Home Store is open for business. Local and company officials were on hand today to celebrate the grand opening of the new franchise home store. The store will focus on appliances and tools, two popular items when the full sears store operated in Columbus. The Full store closed last March. The company operates 1,100 stores in 33 states and had almost $9 billion in sales last year. Ross Dress For Less will join the Sears Home store in filling the space on the south end of Leigh Mall.