Yesterday Sears/Kmart announced the list of store closures set for early 2017. Most of the stores will start liquidation sales on January 6 and go out of business between late March and mid-April. This caught my attention because although I've not regularly shopped Sears or Kmart in years, I felt bad for them this holiday season (2016) and gave them a chance by ordering some of my Christmas gifts through them online. Although Kmart performed just fine, Sears pretty much did a sh*t job and screwed me over; not letting me know an order that showed "IN STOCK" was in fact NOT in stock until December 20th. So, 5 days before Christmas I had to scramble to find a replacement gift - and it was being shipped to an elderly relative - not to my home. (I found the same/similar item through JCPenney, ordered it, and the relative received it this morning, the 28th) which is why this particular news article caught my idea.
Sears failed me... and ironically the item STILL SHOWED AVAILABLE ON THEIR WEBSITE even after they emailed me to say they were canceling my order as the item was unavailable. (UPDATE YOUR SITE THEN!!!!). So as much as I wanted to help them out by giving them business because I felt bad they were going out of business and had to close so many stores in 2016... they blew it and I'm not feeling much sympathy for them after leaving me scrambling just a few days before Christmas with a 'gee, sucks to be you but we are canceling your order' email.
Sears announced the closures internally on Tuesday but did not publicly release a comprehensive list of the stores that would close.
"Business Insider confirmed most of the closures with store employees at each location. We will add to this list as we confirm additional closures."
Kmart stores closing:
Jasper Mall, Jasper, Alabama
2003 US-280, Phenix City, Alabama
3001 Iowa Ave., Riverside, California
501 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida
19400 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte, Florida
2111 S. Federal Highway, Ft. Pierce, Florida
1501 Normandy Village Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida
2211 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida
4955 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida
111 Town and Country Dr., Palatka, Florida
2815 West Parrish Ave., Owensboro, Kentucky
1501 Paris Pike, Georgetown, Kentucky
14662 N. US Highway 25 E, Corbin, Kentucky
1710 W. Highway 192, London, Kentucky
3010 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, Kentucky
2945 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky
9 Plaza Way, Fairhaven, Massachusetts
4645 Commercial Dr., New Hartford, New York
250 Three Springs Dr., Weirton, West Virginia
731 Beverly Pike, Elkins, West Virginia
5132 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, Washington
1050 Division St., Parkersburg, West Virginia
Sears stores closing:
Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah, Kentucky
1901 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma
Town Center Mall, Charleston, West Virginia
Meadowbrook Mall, Bridgeport, West Virginia
Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, New York
Boulevard Mall, Amherst, New York
"This latest round of closures will bring the total number of stores that Sears has closed this fiscal year to more than 200.
That means the retailer will have fewer than 1,500 stores left by early 2017. That's down nearly 60% from 2011, when Sears had more than 3,500 stores."