Here Is the State Where the Most Sears Stores Are Closing
Did you realize that with the latest rounds of closings, Sears and Kmart stores will be down to around half the number that operated just two years ago? While that figure sounds staggering, many can’t say they’re surprised, with Sears Holdings being unprofitable for 26 quarters straight.
Here we list a comprehensive breakdown of all 68 Sears and Kmart stores closing as a result of the company’s May and June 2018 announcements. See which stores are closing in your state and which three states are losing a whopping six stores each (pages 13-15).
- Sears: 10001 N. Metro Pkwy. West, Phoenix, AZ
The Sears scheduled to close in Phoenix is at the oldest major mall in the area. The retail complex opened in 1973 and has struggled in recent years. It is transitioning from retail to office, hotel, entertainment, and residential space.
In all, 44 stores currently operate under the Sears brand in Arizona, including 11 department stores, 11 auto centers, seven appliance locations, and 15 Hometown stores (which are operated by a different company). Both Kmart locations in Arizona are scheduled to stay open.
- Kmart: 9881 W. 58th Ave., Arvada, CO
- Sears: 425 Union St., Waterbury, CT
Next: For these islands, Kmart will be a thing of the past.
- Kmart: 4303 Nawiliwili Rd., Lihue, HI
- Kmart: 74-5465 Kamakaeha Ave, Kailua-Kona, HI
The last two Kmarts in Hawaii will close their doors. One store is located on Hawaii’s “Big Island,” while a second Kmart on Kauai will also close. Kmart entered the Hawaii market in 1992, with a store opening in Honolulu. That store closed in 2016 to make room for a drugstore, Ross Dress for Less, and PetSmart. At one time, the chain operated seven stores on the Hawaiian islands.
Two other Kmart stores in Hawaii closed in 2017, on the islands of Maui and Oahu. The shuttering of the Maui location made way for a self-storage and truck rental facility.
- Sears: 1781 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka, KS
- Sears: 1000 Turtle Creek Dr., Hattiesburg, MS
Next: A city where Sears’ closing was an afterthought
- Sears: 3420 Oak View Dr., Omaha, NE
The Sears at Omaha’s Oak View Mall was slated to begin liquidation on June 22, 2018, with doors to close permanently the following September. While the company initially did not plan to close any Omaha locations, after reevaluation it added the Oak View store to the list.
The ailing mall is also set to lose another anchor, Younkers, whose parent company, Bon-Ton Stores, declared bankruptcy in February 2018.
- Sears: 1515 Grand Ave., Billings, MT
- Sears: 2800 S. Columbia Rd., Grand Forks, ND
Next: Four more states losing one store each
- Sears: 3400 Empire Mall, Sioux Falls, SD
The beleaguered Empire Mall in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was already suffering from the loss of bankrupt Younkers and Toys “R” Us. Now it loses its Sears store as well. The closures will leave JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Macy’s as the mall’s remaining large tenants. Landlord Simon Property Group said it was considering hotel, residential, office, and fitness space for redevelopment of the property.
- Kmart: 12350 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR
- Sears: 2931 Knoxville Center Dr., Knoxville, TN
- Sears: 4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma, WA
Next: A Midwestern state almost wiped out of Sears stores
- Kmart: 2535 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, IA
- Sears: 320 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, IA
Sears Holdings announced it would close two Kmart stores and one Sears store in Iowa in 2018. The city of Des Moines was set to lose its last Kmart in early September. And the closing of the Davenport Sears would leave just two remaining Sears department stores and Auto Centers in Iowa: One in Des Moines and the other in Sioux City. A total of six Kmart stores would be left in the state.
- Kmart: 910 North China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA
- Sears: 100 S. Puente Hills Mall, City of Industry, CA
Next: A property set to “de-mall” when Sears leaves
- Sears: Highways 114 and 128, Peabody, MA
- Sears: Eastfield Mall, Springfield, MA
A Springfield, Massachusetts, news outlet reported the closing of the Eastfield Mall Sears was expected before the announcement came. The mall’s last anchor store (Macy’s and JCPenney made exits) was its original one when the retail complex first opened in 1967. The Sears store occupied 97,000 square feet, with the auto service center taking up an additional 22,000 square feet.
Mountain Development plans to “de-mall” the property and create mixed-use development with shopping, dining, housing, and offices.
- Sears: 250 S. County Center Way, St. Louis, MS
- Sears: #1 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MS
Next: A departing Kmart leaves behind a lonely Burger King.
- Kmart: 2100 Carlisle Ave., Albuquerque, NM
- Sears: 10000 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque, NM
Kmart announced plans to close its longtime store in Albuquerque, New Mexico by early September 2018. As for what’s next for the enormous chunk of prime property, city zoning law changes opened up more possibilities.
Options included “mixed-use” development. “It’s an opportunity to say well, maybe we should do a mix of residential and commercial and retail,” said Dan Majewski, a local urban planning advocate. For now, Kmart’s closing will leave a sole Burger King restaurant open on the 10-acre lot.
- Sears: 2400 Elida Rd., Lima, OH
- Sears: 17271 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH
- Sears: 205 W. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg, SC
- Sears: 3101 N. Main St., Anderson, SC
Next: A major metro area sees a handful of closures.
- Kmart: 5400 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, FL
- Sears: 7902 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa, FL
- Sears: 320 Towne Center Circle, Sanford, FL
Two Tampa, Florida stores — one Kmart and one Sears — are casualties of this latest round of closures. The company’s declining sales have hit the area hard, as another local Sears and two additional Kmarts were also scheduled to close in 2018.
- Sears: 2201 Henderson Mill Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA
- Sears: 1300 Southlake Mall, Morrow, GA
- Sears: 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA
Next: A big city loses its very last Sears.
- Sears: 2415 Sagamore Pkwy. S, Lafayette, IN
- Sears: 40 Muncie Mall, Muncie, IN
- Sears: 6020 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN
In addition to two other stores in Indiana, Sears will close its last remaining location in Indianapolis, at Castleton Mall — the largest mall in the region. Similar to other locations it owns, landlord Simon Property Group announced a “transformational development” to turn the site into combined retail, fitness, dining, and entertainment.
The Castleton Mall Sears’ closing will leave only one Sears store left in the metropolitan area of two million, at Greenwood Park Mall.
- Kmart: 215 North Central Ave., Duluth, MN
- Sears: Shingle Creek Crossing, Brooklyn Center, MN
- Sears: Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, MN
Next: This Sears was a ghost town before its closing.
- Kmart: 1000 Montauk Highway, West Babylon, NY
- Kmart: 25301 Rockaway Blvd., Rosedale, NY
- Sears: 3649 Erie Blvd. E, DeWitt, NY
For months before its announced closing, the Sears in ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt, New York sat virtually empty of shoppers. With the store’s closing 38 employees were set to lose their jobs around Sept. 2, 2018. Sears had said it was committed to keeping the store open in 2016. The retailer had moved to the location in 1995 from another nearby spot.
- Kmart: 1072 Mountain Laurel Plaza, Latrobe, PA
- Sears: 300 S. Hills Village, South Hills, PA
- Sears: 1000 Robinson Center Dr., Pittsburgh, PA
Next: Bargain-seekers showed up immediately.
- Sears: 3191 S. Linden Rd., Flint, MI
- Sears: 18900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI
- Sears: 14100 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, MI
- Sears: 1212 S. Airport Rd. W, Traverse City, MI
A Sears in Dearborn, Michigan was one of four set to close in the state. A day or two after the announcement, some shoppers reported coming in search of deals, although none were up yet. “I was hoping the going out of business sales would be up already,” Sara Johnson said. “I hate seeing the store close, but I’m all about getting a good deal when I can.”
Sales at some closing locations could start as early as June 14, 2018, Sears announced. The Dearborn location was part of Fairlane Town Center since the mall opened in 1976.
Next: A state that lost 13 stores in two years
- Kmart: 24-34 Barbour Ave., Clifton, NJ
- Sears: 300 Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrenceville, NJ
- Sears: 2341 Route 66, Ocean, NJ
- Sears: 2501 Mt. Holly Rd., Burlington, NJ
New Jersey is losing one Kmart and four Sears stores as part of the closures. In the past two years, Sears Holdings has already closed New Jersey stores in Toms River, Watchung, Vineland, Clementon, East Brunswick, Manahawkin, Mantua, Pleasantville, and Rio Grande. The closures will leave New Jersey with 34 remaining Sears and 15 Kmart stores.
Next: Sears’ home state is hit hard.
- Kmart: 5909 E. State St., Rockford, IL
- Sears: #2 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, IL
- Sears: #2 Fox Valley Center, Aurora, IL
- Sears: 6136 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL
- Sears: 104 West White Oaks Mall, Springfield, IL
Sears Holdings’ home state is among the hardest-hit by the latest round of closures. In addition to these five closures, three of which are in the Chicago suburbs, the company also announced plans recently to close its last remaining store within city limits. Incidentally, Sears opened its very first store in Chicago, 93 years ago. The pioneer location included an optical shop and soda fountain. Seven more stores followed that year.
Next: An original employee comments on a Louisiana closing.
- Kmart: 4070 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA
- Sears: Alexandria Mall, Alexandria, LA
- Sears: 4800 Millhaven Rd., Monroe, LA
- Sears: 3601 Southern Ave., Shreveport, LA
- Sears: 2950 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA
Like Illinois, the closings hit Louisiana hard as well. The Lake Charles Kmart is closing its doors after more than 50 years of business. One former employee worked at the store for 28 years and said the store will be missed. “I worked there before they opened. I helped stock the store,” said Elaine Corbello, 81. “It was the first one of its kind so there was a lot of people every day.”
Next: Where retail stores left, a massive aquarium opened.
- Kmart: 5000 San Dario Ave., Laredo, TX
- Sears: 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville, TX
- Sears: 1800 Green Oaks Rd., Fort Worth, TX
- Sears: 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, TX
- Sears: Golden Triangle Mall, Denton, TX
Texas is among the states seeing the most Sears and Kmart closings. Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth will be down to just a single anchor store with the closing of its Sears. The complex was once a booming retail spot with five department stores and dozens of small shops on two floors.
But the mall has an aggressive plan to reinvent itself as a mixed-use destination. One step was the 2017 opening of SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, where guests can interact with animals like sharks, stingrays, and parakeets.
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