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Sears and Kmart Planning 96 Additional Store Closures by February

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Liquidation sales are expected to begin after Black Friday.

Transformco, the company that currently owns Sears and Kmart, has announced plans to close 96 additional stores less than a year after acquiring Sears Holdings Corporation in February of 2019. The company plans to close 51 Sears stores and 45 Kmart locations by February of 2020. Liquidation sales in these stores will start on December 2, which is the Monday after Black Friday.


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Together, Sears and Kmart have closed more than 3,500 stores and cut about 250,000 jobs in the past 15 years. After this latest round of closings concludes in February, the company will be left with just 182 stores.

This round of closings will not affect the company’s recently acquired Sears Hometown stores, which specialize in home appliances, equipment, and tools. To find out if your store is among the planned closures, you can check the complete list of closing stores in Transformco’s press release.


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  1. Jamie S

    All Sears and Kmart’s have been closed in Alabama for awhile now. Hated to see Kmart go, it was where I loved getting my holiday PJ’s every year.

    • berrylandnow

      This is sad to me 😔

  2. JP

    My local Sears went a few months ago without notice. Wasn’t listed on the official closing store listed.
    Now my local Kmart is closing.. A shame, my wife and I constantly shop there- some great deals to be found.

  3. Krissy

    One of the last 2 remaining Kmarts in our area are on this list. Our Sears closed over a year ago. Kmart used to be a pleasant place to shop but their policies never caught up to most other box stores(such as no price matching). Their customer service has always been terrible in our stores and the stores always outdated. While I’m sad many will be losing their jobs, Kmart did little to improve their image in my opinion.

    • JP

      I agree. Kmart did next to nothing to improve their image.

      • Tia in FL

        I third that. They didn’t care. My store made the list this time. One weekend there was an entire end cap full of Denver Broncos merchandise and this is South Florida. The store was never fully stocked, prices were high and when they brought back that blue light, it made the store feel really cheap.

  4. MombieZombie

    I learned of this Friday when my autistic 15 year old daughter woke me in tears over this. She has an obsession with Kmart and Sears and ours are all gone now. I have been still buying her some clothes online that ship to home to make her happy and feel connected.

    For her December 28th Sweet Sixteenth birthday her only wish was for a trip to the last Kmart, 222 miles away. She’s never had friends for a party, and I’m a broke struggling single mom but I told her that I’d make this happen.
    Now she’s frantic it will close before her birthday and insists we go on November 30th. I’m struggling to find gas money, shopping money, and someone to come give our dogs their seizure and heart meds while we are gone 7 hours. I’m kind of scared my car won’t make it there and back but this is her dream for her special day and it’s just the two of us always and forever. Everything we are both wearing today came from Sears or Kmart, I really miss them too.
    Pray for me people!

    • 5pink1blue

      Your daughter shares a birthday with my youngest daughter. Praying for you and your daughter.

      • MombieZombie

        Thank you! Hope your daughter has a very happy birthday this year!

    • Nicole

      Sending up prayers for you both! The news is that the stores are starting closing sales on Dec 2 and will close in Feb. Maybe you can convince her to wait! Best of luck to you both.

      • MombieZombie

        Nicole, thanks for the prayers. But she definitely won’t wait, she’s worried the restaurant will close, like the one here did when the liquidation started. She’s after the full regular shopper experience.

    • Spoiled

      My autistic son has the same obsession but sears. The last one will close in this round.

      • MombieZombie

        Oh she’s also obsessed with Sears. She hugged the empty store last time we went to the mall as awkward as that was. When it was liquidating she made me take her each week so she could video document the process. Apparently store closing videos are a popular thing on youtube, but I have a feeling you might already know that.

    • chantelrebecca1

      Mombie Zombie, I’m sorry. My 7 year old son also has autism but is very social seeking so he passes as typical enough to make friends. One of the friends he made in his playgroup therapy came over to our house to play and his mom was almost in tears because he had never been invited to someone’s house before. If you would be okay with it we would love to send your daughter a birthday card with our well wishes. I can’t do much about Sears and Kmart closing down but maybe the surprise of some extra special birthday wishes will help cheer her up. My email address is chantelrebecca1@hotmail.com.

      • MombieZombie

        How sweet of you, I will email you. I’m super happy that your kiddo has some good friends and how he reaches out to others that struggle. I hope my girl one day makes a friend such as him.

    • Jos

      MombieZombie, what’s your email address? I’d like to help in some way. Thanks!

      • MombieZombie

        Jos, that’s nice of you to reach out. Certainly no expectations and I’m a little embarrassed, I’m at jaruben@aol.com. You are obviously full of the Christmas spirit, Happy Holidays!

  5. Me

    We were down to only one Sears and one Kmart in our area. After this list, we only have Sears….and I’ll bet that will close too. We are very sad.

  6. Sunflower

    This is such a shame. All of the Kmart’s are closed in the state of Georgia, now the nearest Sears (about 40 miles) is about to close. I honestly think Sears and Kmart could have been saved a long time ago.

  7. Valerie A

    Our Sears up and closed last month and Kmart is closing in February. Very sad.

  8. Sharon

    For the ones who have had Sears closing in their areas, are the liquidation sales any good? Their prices are too high now, can’t imagine a liquidation company coming in and raising the prices just so they can start to take a small percentage off the top over time. They did that at Kmart when it closed and everybody complained about how they did that and that even at 70% off you could get stuff cheaper at Walmart.

    • Lo

      Our liquidation was a joke. They raised the prices. A mower lift I’d been eyeing for a year was more expensive during closing than the whole year 🤣. So don’t expect any deals. I think I stopped going 2 weeks before closing. Literally everything was for sale so if you need shelves or anything random.
      Appliances may have been a deal but you’d have to wait til the very end. They marked down slowly and again prices were high and I quite going so didn’t see the end deals.

      • queenjennifer

        Last day is the best day. I hated to see my sears go, but I was there bright and early the last day for 90% off. I also hit it just right when they did a flash sale at 70% then an additional 50% and got quite a bit that day too. Loaded down a buggy for kids outfits under $1 and burned the last of the points that my hubby driving for Uber got us (they stopped that too 🙁 )

  9. E

    Our Kmart was on the last round of closings, after our seats had closed in the beginning of the year. I always got the BEST deals there with SYW. Got us Christmas and birthday gifts and helped get everything we needed for our kitchen in some really tight times. Sad they are closing. Our nearest sears is 45 minutes away now.

  10. Lo

    My husband just told me that was it for Ohio. 😩😩 our sears just closed

  11. rochellemcgee

    Phew! Somehow our last Sears in the area didn’t make the list again, but I always wonder how it stays open. I still find really great deals there, but every time I shop there, it is DEAD.

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