HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close 80 more Sears and Kmart retail stores by late March, including 34 Sears Auto Centers, as part of its restructuring plan.
Sears Holdings filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-October and indicated at that time it would close 142 unprofitable stores by year-end 2018.
Bankruptcy court officials are considering an offer by former CEO Edward Lampert to buy the firm's remaining assets for $4.4 billion.
The Sears stores with auto centers targeted for closing in this latest round are:
- Colorado Springs (two stores) and Pueblo, Colo.;
- Port Charlotte, Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla. ;
- Gainesville, Ga.;
- Sioux City, Iowa;
- Cherry Valley and Fairview Heights, Ill.;
- Wichita, Kan.;
- Salisbury, Md.;
- Muskegon Mich.;
- Durham, N.C. (two locations);
- Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.;
- Las Vegas;
- Rochester, N.Y.;
- Columbus and Springfield, Ohio;
- Medford, Ore.;
- Altoona, Greensburg and Lancaster, Pa.;
- Abilene, Amarillo, Killeen, Plano, Richardson and Waco, Texas;
- Charlottesville, Va.;
- Kennewick, Wash.
At last report, Sears' network of retail stores already has shrunk to about 500 locations, including roughly 200 with auto centers attached, according to data available on Sears' website.
Sears and Amazon.com Inc. announced in August 2018 that Sears would provide full-service tire installation and balancing for Amazon.com customers at its 295 remaining Sears Auto Center locations nationwide, including Alaska and Hawaii.