Florida Hit Hardest by Sears/Kmart Closings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - December 30, 2011 -

Florida will be hit the hardest by the closing of Sears and Kmart stores, losing 11, according to a preliminary list of 79 planned closures released Thursday.

Ohio, Michigan and Georgia are not far behind with six store closures planned in their states. Tennessee, North Carolina and Minnesota are set to lose four stores each.

A spokeswoman for Sears Holding Corp. said each store employs between 40 and 80 people.

None of the closures announced so far are in Sears' home state of Illinois.

The 125-year-old retailer said on Tuesday it would close up to 120 stores to raise cash.

The projected closings represent only about 3 percent of Sears Holdings' U.S. stores. Sears and Kmart merged in 2005. The company now has about 3,560 stores in the U.S. That's up from 3,500 immediately after the merger.

Here is the list of closures announced so far http://www.searsmedia.com/tools/122711_close.pdf :

— Alabama (3): Sears in Mobile; Kmart in Auburn and Gadsden.

— California (3): Sears in El Monte and San Diego (2).

— Colorado (3): Sears in Longmont; Kmart in Broomfield and Glenwood Springs.

— Florida (11): Sears in Crystal River, Deland, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, West Palm Beach; Kmart in Callaway, Fernandina Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Pompano Beach and St. Augustine.

— Georgia (6): Sears in Macon; Kmart in Atlanta, Buford, Columbus, Douglasville and Jonesboro.

— Idaho (1): Sears in Lewiston.

— Indiana (3): Sears in Anderson; Kmart in Indianapolis and St. John.

— Iowa (2): Kmart in Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

— Kansas (1): Sears in Lawrence.

— Kentucky (3): Sears in Middleboro; Kmart in Hazard and Winchester.

— Maryland (1): Sears in Ellicott City.

— Michigan (6): Sears in Adrian, Brighton, Chesterfield Township, Harper Woods, Monroe and Washington Township.

— Minnesota (4): Kmart in Duluth, New Hope, White Bear Lake and Willmar.

— Mississippi (3): Sears in Columbus, Jackson and McComb.

— Missouri (2): Sears in Lee's Summit and St. Louis.

— New Hampshire (2): Sears in Keene and Nashua.

— North Carolina (4): Sears in High Point, Morehead City, Rocky Mount and Statesville.

— Ohio (6): Kmart in Chagrin Falls, Columbus, Medina, Springfield and Toledo (2).

— Oregon (1): Sears in Roseburg.

— Pennsylvania (2): Sears in Pottstown and Upper Darby.

— South Carolina (1): Sears in Sumter.

— Tennessee (4): Sears in Antioch, Cleveland, Oak Ridge; Kmart in Hendersonville.

— Virginia (3): Sears in Norfolk; Kmart in Midlothian and Richmond.

— Washington (2): Sears in Walla Walla; Kmart in Lacey.

— Wisconsin (2): Sears in West Baraboo; Kmart in Rice Lake.

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  • by LouAnne Location: Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    I watched a history documentary about Sears this past week. It is an amazing company story and I learned how much they are a part of our history, how much they helped people in our country. The company donated what would amount to over a trillion during the depression, built schools for poor African American children, when most didn't have money. Sears bought K-Mart and hoped to revive it but I think the time has come to let K-Mart go as Walmart/Target took over that customer nitch and, I think, did it much better. They should dump the K-Mart in Tallahassee as I never go in there. I like the SEARS store though and think their merchandise is high quality. They especially have a unique value in the large appliance they have, like refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryer, etc..
  • by Buzz on Jan 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    What you have is a HedgeFund Manager Eddie Lampert trying to extract profits instead of serving customers. It doesn't matter how Jim Cramer praises Lampert the reality spesks for itself . The board, employees and shareholders need to rid the company of the propaganda and bad management while there is still some value left in their investment . Boo Yall.
  • by 3 buggy girl Location: ga on Jan 1, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    i hate to tell you but wall mart will close one day. i know that is upsetting to some of you women. but true. everything has atime andaplace.
  • by union electrician Location: washington on Jan 1, 2012 at 05:25 PM
    closing the stores because you Floridian's work for nothing don't demand a living wage so you can have a disposable income and buy things.If that upsets you I'm sorry your cheap labor get over it.
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      by Steve Florida native/resident, UNION member on Jan 2, 2012 at 03:29 AM in reply to union electrician
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      by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:19 AM in reply to union electrician
      Unions are communists.
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        by Steve Florida native/resident, proud to be a UNION member on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM in reply to
        Just left an outage for the season. I worked 32 days, and my gross is $10,513.26. That my friend is in fact a LIVING wage! You folks that don't want to organize...? That's on you.
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          by union electrician on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:44 PM in reply to Steve Florida native/resident, proud to be a UNION member
          rite on steve I love them numbers brother LOL thats why I left florida an came to washington.I love it up here work 6 months an make 50000 to 60000 then have the rest of the year to do what I want. Thats the way it should be.
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        by union electrician on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:45 PM in reply to
        And I love my union SON
  • by Steve Location: Florida native/resident, Not in Marietta on Jan 1, 2012 at 04:35 PM
    Just to set the record plumb and square, 'Anonymous' Big-K did in fact purchase Sears...The parent Company became "Sears Holdings". By the way, Sears Holdings released an estimate of $117,000,000.00 from the sale of 120 locations and that inventory. That's a net of $975,000.00 per property...I'm just sayin'. This does not include properties leased. Thanx.
  • by gus on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:56 AM
    K-Mart = Ghetto....Ghetto employees, Ghetto styles, Ghetto Attitude, and they are all Ghetto Clean
  • by sad how we all fell for freetrade is good for america. Location: tally baby on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    all i can tell you is catch the sales at the stores that are closeing. i got some good deals on some junk at the k-mart in daytona that closed a couple years ago.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:19 AM in reply to sad how we all fell for freetrade is good for america.
      The Tally KMart carries nothing. Not sure what you are going to buy.
  • by Sandy on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    I use to work at Sears, and I have to say that I'm not surprised they're losing money. Ever since they were bought out by Kmart, they look and act just like a lower end department store...but their prices have remained in the mid-range. It's a store with an identity crisis. During the 90's and early 00's, it made this large push away from its base customers and tried to appeal to a younger crowd. Then it started to morph into Kmart...in the mall. Gone were the suits and nice outfits that showed off Arizona and Apostrophe brands. In its place, shapeless blue polos and khakis. Everything just looks like it was pulled from the Kathy Gifford design line. Yuck.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:55 AM in reply to Sandy
      Just a bit of info...Sears bought K-Mart.
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        by Steve on Jan 1, 2012 at 04:38 PM in reply to
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM
    Ever been to the KMart on the Parkway? The absolute worst retail story in Tallahassee. I have no clue how they afford their rent.
  • by Kammie Location: Tallahassee on Dec 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    I used to like Kmart in Tallahassee but they stopped carrying my favorite blouses and stopped sending out their Sunday advertising newspaper more than a year ago. I could overlook their very untidy store in favor of some good merchandise but, overall, they seem to have given up on providing a good shopping experience.
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