Sears, Kmart locations closing nationwide

Andrew Cummings
November 10, 2019

Kmart parent company Transformco announced Friday, Nov. 8 that the Kmart location in Kenosha will be closing in January of 2020.

Sears Holdings Corporation was purchased by Transformco in February 2019.

Going-out-of-business sales will begin at most affected locations on December 2, with closings expected by February. Other locations in the region to close include the KMart stores in Berwick and Wilkes-Barre.

"We are disappointed that the owners of Sears have made the decision to leave our community, where they have had a loyal and supportive customer base", said Glenn Morris, president & CEO of the Chamber.

The announcement is the most recent in a slew of closures over the past several years that have left cavernous vacancies in malls and towns across the state and country.

It was just announced the Kmart in Waterford will be closing its doors. "The closure is not unexpected because of the company's bankruptcy and waves of numerous store closures in the past few years, including the Santa Barbara Sears closure".

The company has faced "a hard retail environment and other challenges" since the acquisition, according to a notice it released. Those brands were recently acquired by affiliate Sears Hometown, a network of more than 400 independently owned and operated, dealer-managed, small-format stores that offer home products such as appliances, lawn and garden, tools, and sporting goods.

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