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Sears and Kmart to close 26 more stores in October

The beleaguered company is still struggling post-bankruptcy

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It’s a storyline that consumers have become all too used to over the past few years: Sears and Kmart are closing more store locations. 

After being snatched up by former CEO Eddie Lampert earlier this year for $5.2 billion, Sears has continued to struggle financially. On Wednesday, new parent company Transform Co. said that it would be closing 21 Sears locations and 5 Kmart locations that have been unable to meet sustainable productivity levels. 

“Our goal remains to return the company to profitability and preserve as many jobs as possible in the communities we serve,” the company said in a statement.

Liquidation sales for the affected stores are slated to begin in the coming weeks, with closures scheduled to begin in late October. Below is a full list of the closing locations:


 Sears -- 2500 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham


 Sears -- Somersville Road, Antioch

 Kmart -- 1625 W Redlands Blvd., Redlands

 Kmart -- 14011 Palm Drive Desert, Hot Springs


 Sears -- 8501 W Bowles Avenue, Littleton


 Sears -- 6200 20th Street, Vero Beach

 Sears -- 901 US 27 North, Sebring


 Sears -- 3700 Atlanta Hwy Suite 270, Athens


 Sears -- 5 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale


 Sears -- 2300 Southlake Mall, Merrillville

 Sears -- 6501 Grape Rd US 23, Mishawaka


 Sears -- 6901 Security Sq Blvd, Baltimore


 Kmart -- 159 Wilbraham Road, Palmer


 Sears -- 6780 S. Westnedge Avenue, Portage

 Sears -- 4900 Fashion Square Mall, Saginaw


 Sears -- 18777 E. 39th St South, Independence

 Sears -- 3 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St Peters

 Sears -- 330 Siemers Drive, Cape Girardeau

New York

 Kmart -- 975 Fairmount Avenue, Jamestown


 Sears -- 600 Richland Mall, Mansfield

Puerto Rico

 Kmart -- Highway 3 Plaza, Guayama


 Sears -- 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst

 Sears -- 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City


 Sears -- 4812 Valley View Blvd NE, Roanoke


 Sears -- 4700 N. Division Street, Spokane

West Virginia

 Sears -- 100 Huntington Mall Road, Barboursville

Sears not immune to retail apocalypse

Of course, underperforming stores are not just an issue for Sears alone. Brick-and-mortar retailers across the U.S. have struggled to keep up as consumers increasingly turn to online channels to order items. 

Earlier this week, Barneys New York filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced that it would be closing many of its locations in an attempt to return to profitability. Similar actions taken by Payless and Toys “R” Us also underscore the pervasive problem for American retail giants.

Eddie Lampert stated back in February that company officials would try to shake things up by shrinking the size of Sears and Kmart stores. The executive said that future stores will be about a third of the size of previous stores and focus more on tools and appliances and less on apparel. 

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