More Kmart and Sears stores will close by the end of the year.
Weeks after announcing 26 Sears and Kmart locations would close in October, an undisclosed number of additional stores are facing a similar fate in December.
While company officials did not release an official list of the locations closing, news outlets across the nation reported this week that their local stores were closing. A list was posted on the website www.thelayoff.com.
“After careful review, we have made the difficult decision to close the Kmart stores in Wayne, Trenton, Wall and Somers Point,” TransformCo. said in a statement sent to Asbury Park Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, about four New Jersey closures. “We encourage customers to continue shopping on Kmart.com for all their product needs.”
Liquidation sales are expected to begin in mid-September.
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In February, former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert struck a last-minute deal to buy Sears assets out of bankruptcy and keep about 400 stores open under a new entity, Transform Holdco, also known as Transformco.
Lampert, who relinquished the CEO role when the company filed for bankruptcy, was the company’s largest shareholder and creditor at the time of the bankruptcy.
In early August when announcing the October closures, the company said more closings were still a possibility.
“Following these steps, we will continue to evaluate our network of Sears and Kmart stores and cannot rule out additional store closures in the near term,” the company’s Aug. 6 statement said. “Our goal remains to return the company to profitability and preserve as many jobs as possible in the communities we serve.”
As of Aug. 7, company spokesman Larry Costello said about 380 locations remained open.
“As we continue our transformation efforts, we are working closely with our stakeholders, and evaluating our network of stores, operations and business strategy in order to stabilize the business and support a long-term path to profitable success,” Transformco said in a statement to USA TODAY Friday.
Dates of closures can vary. Most are expected to close in December.
- Carlsbad Sears: 2561 El Camino Real
- Eureka Sears: 3300 Broadway
- Lakeport Kmart: 2019 S Main St.
- Pueblo Kmart: 3415 N Elizabeth St
- Watertown Kmart: 595 Straits Tpke
- Bear Kmart: 301 Governor Place Bear
- Wilmington Kmart: 4700 Limestone Road
- Miami Kmart: 3825 7th Street NW
- Vero Beach Kmart: 1501 US 1
- Lewiston Sears: 1815 21st St.
- Twin Falls: 2258 Addison Ave E
- Bridgeview Kmart: 7325 W 79th St
- Erlanger Kmart: 3071 Dixie Hwy
- Somerset Kmart: 420 East Highway 80
- Marine City Kmart: 6730 River Road
- Somers Point Kmart: 250 New Road Rte 9
- Trenton Kmart: 1061 Whitehorse Aven
- Wall Kmart: 1825 Highway 35
- Wayne Kmart: 1020 Hamburg Turnpike
- Farmingville Kmart: 2280 North Ocean Ave
- Mattydale Kmart: 2803 Brewerton Road
- Barberton Kmart: 241 Wooster Road North
- Brunswick: 3301 Center Road
- Grove City Kmart: 2400 Stringtown Road
- Harrison: 10560 Harrison Ave
- Clinton: 2501 Redwheat Drive
- Chambersburg Kmart: 1005 Wayne Ave
- Clifton Heights Kmart: 713 E Baltimore Pike
- Doylestown Kmart: 4377 PA-313
- Easton Kmart: 320 S 25th St.
- Holmes Kmart: 600 MacDade Blvd
- Leechburg Kmart: 451 Hyde Park Road
- New Castle Kmart: 2652 Ellwood Road
- Shillington Kmart: 1 Parkside Ave.
- Towanda Kmart: 328 Ennis Lane
- Walnutport Kmart: 400 N Best Ave
- Washington Sears : 1500 W Chestnut St
- Aguadilla Kmart: Road 2 Km 126.5
- Bayamon Sears: 1455 Carr.2
- Carolina Kmart: 65th Infantry Ave.
- Cayey Kmart: Ave Jesus T Pinero 4
- Trujillo Alto Kmart: 200 Carr 181
- Yauco Kmart: 601 Yauco Plaza
- Greenville Kmart: 1 Kmart Plaza
- Lexington Kmart: 748 W Main St
- West Columbia: 1500 Charleston Hwy
- St George: 745 S Bluff Street
- Corpus Christi Sears: 1305 Airline Road
- Chesapeake Kmart: 2001 S Military Hwy
- Tabb Kmart: 5007 Victory Blvd
- Silverdale Sears: 10315 Kitsap Mall Blvd. NW
- Elkview Kmart: 201 Crossings Mall
- Mauston Kmart: 800 North Union
- Racine Kmart: 5141 Douglas Ave.
- Ripon Kmart: 1200 West Fond Du La
- Waupaca Kmart: 830 W Fulton St.
More closings: Know of a Sears or Kmart closing in December that’s not on this list? Email the information to email@example.com.
Contributing: Joshua Jongsma, North Jersey Record; Liz Shepard, Port Huron Times Herald; David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press
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