Local Kmart set to close

By Dean Wright - deanwright@civitasmedia.com

GALLIPOLIS — Sears Holdings announced Wednesday, 78 additional Kmart stores and 26 Sears stores would be closing this spring nationally, among them, the Kmart store in Gallipolis.

A document found on searsholdings.com announced on Dec. 27 that 30 Kmart stores and 16 Sears stores would also close at the same time to make the total count 108 closing Kmart and 42 Sears store locations.

“The decision to close stores is a difficult but necessary step as we take actions to strengthen the company’s operations and fund its transformation,” the document stated. “Many of those stores have struggled with their financial performance for years and we have kept them open to maintain local jobs and in the hopes that they would turn around. But in order to meet our objective of returning to profitability, we have to make tough decisions and will continue to do so, which will give our better performing stores a chance at success.”

Eligible associates effected by the closures will reportedly receive severances and the opportunity to apply for positions open with remaining stores.

Liquidations sales will begin Jan. 6 at remaining stores.

Among Ohio locations, closing stores can be found in Mount Vernon, Kenton, New Boston, Reynoldsburg, Saint Clairsville, Zanesville, Muskegee, Akron, Chillicothe, Lancaster, Richmond Heights and Gallipolis. Stores in West Virginia include Elkins, Parkersburg and Weirton.

Editor’s Note: The Sears store in Gallipolis was not included in the listings of stores which are closing.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright