[UPDATE] Tallahassee Kmart to Close

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

Tallahassee, FL -- February 29, 2012

Soon it will be lights out for the place once known for its Blue Light Special.

Tallahassee's Kmart on Apalachee Parkway is closing.

"I'm just really sorry that I can't come here," said shopper Donna Carter.

Carter has shopped at that Kmart for as long as she can remember.

Now she'll have to get her prescriptions filled somewhere else.

"They're always so courteous at the pharmacy," said Carter. "It's not so big as Walmart and it takes you a long time. It takes you a long to get things in Walmart and not so long here to get things."

This is just one of 51 Kmart stores parent corporation, Sears Holdings, has decided to close since December.

The company can't give an exact number yet about layoffs but estimates between 40-80 people will be laid off at each store.

"Right now the economy is so messed up with jobs and stuff and a lot of people can't get jobs," said Kmart shopper Melissa Lamberton. "So this really doesn't help it unless they open up another business here."

Sears Holdings also runs Sears full-line stores, Grand/Essentials and The Great Indoors, which also have locations set to close.

More than 115 stores in all are set to go under.

In December Sears Holdings said locations would have to close and inventory would be cut back because revenue dropped by more than 50% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Liquidation will begin in April at the Apalachee location.

By June, Donna and all other Kmart shoppers will have to take their business elsewhere.

Sears Holdings Corporation runs more than 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada.

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Tallahassee, FL -- February 28, 2012

Sears Holding Corporation announced the closing of their Tallahassee store. An employee has confirmed that K-Mart on Apalachee Parkway will close in three months on June 3rd. There is an estimated 75 to 80 jobs that will be lost.


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