Sears, Kmart locations closing nationwide; 3 located in Ohio

The Sears store in the Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee is closing victim of the struggling retail chain's efforts to stay afloat

Fifty-one Sears stores and another 45 Kmart locations will soon be closing across the country, according to Transformco, the company that acquired the beleaguered retailers out of bankruptcy.

Following these closures, Transformco will operate 182 stores.

Thursday's announcement means the only Sears stores left in south central Pennsylvania will be existing locations at the Colonial Park and Capital City shopping malls on Harrisburg's East and West Shores. Existing Kmarts in Chambersburg and Elizabethtown are already in going-out-of-business sales, as part of an earlier round of closures.

Following the closures, the company will operate just 182 stores, down from almost 700 when it filed for bankruptcy in October of previous year.

Going out of business sales will begin December 2, the company announced.

"Since purchasing substantially all the assets of Sears Holdings Corporation in February 2019, Transformco has faced a hard retail environment and other challenges".

The Sears on Winchester Road in Temecula will also close, Transformco said.

Sears closed its Wyoming Valley Mall store in the summer of 2018, while Kmart stores at Laurel Mall in Hazle Township and in Pittston Township were shut down in the spring of that year. If nothing else, Transformco said in its Thursday statement it expects to "realize a significant return on our extensive portfolio of owned and leased real estate".

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