May 28, 2014 10:34 pm

WATCH: Collapse of Sears Home Services leaves local contractor out $364,000


More fallout from the collapse of Sears Home Services and a local contractor who is now in the lurch.

When Sears Home Services went into receivership several months ago, it owed contractors and customers millions of dollars.

Now one of those contractors, who is still owed a fortune, feels like he’s getting squeezed by Sears all over again.

Chris Ravanello has been running Sears Carpet Cleaning in Coquitlam for the past 20 years.

Now, Sears Canada is warning him of legal action over using the Sears name.

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The roots of this mess date back to January of last year when Sears announced a new company, Sears Home Services, would be operating the home renovations division.

It was supposed to be business as usual, but months after launching, Sears Home Services went into receivership, owing millions to contractors and customers including $364,000 to Ravenello.

Now Sears is demanding Ravanello sign over ownership of this website, Sears Carpet Cleaning.

Ravanello is not backing down.

Sears refused to do an on-camera interview with Global News.

In an e-mail, Sears Canada said it’s not responsible for the debt — it belongs to Sears Home Services — which is now out of business.

Ravanello’s lawyer, Allan MacDonald, believes Sears is trying to scare his client.

— with files from Rumina Daya

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