BRANDON, FL – Struggling Sears Holding Corp. has announced that it will close more Sears and Kmart stores including the Brandon Kmart at 1602 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon.
The Brandon Kmart is the latest brick-and-mortar casualty for the company.
These latest closures follow Sears announcement in January that it was closing 64 Kmart and 39 Sears stores, among them the Kmart at 501 N Beneva Road in Sarasota.
Most of the stores included in the latest announcement have begun liquidating their stock and will shutter their doors between May and July. The Brandon Kmart is expected to close in June, leaving 76 employees without jobs.
So, far, the Sears store at Westfield Brandon mall has avoided the chopping block.
Sears chairman/CEO Eddie Lampert said Sears is making a number of changes that could turn the 126-year-old company around.
In a statement released last month, Lampert said he believes the company is making a profitable transformation with the decision to open stores with smaller formats, its increased emphasis on online sales and its "game-changing partnership" with Amazon, which will sell two of its iconic brands online, Kenmore and DieHard.
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