Sears and Kmart close doors in Pittsburgh


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Gage Goulding

Sears Holdings Corp. announced another string of closings affecting its Sears and Kmart stores across the nation. The newest wave will hit Pittsburgh in three locations: the Sears in Ross Park as well as two Kmart locations in Hermitage and Bridgeville. These closings are part of a nationwide shutdown of over 100 Sears and Kmart stores.

Last November, the Kmart in Moon Township announced that it would begin sales and close its doors in early 2018. This closing is in light of a new Walmart opening in Moon Township in early 2017. Seven stores in Pennsylvania were part of the shutdown list late last year.

The stores are scheduled to officially shut down in April, but liquidation sales have already begun. The Sear’s Auto Center in Ross Park will close its doors at the end of January.

In a statement released alongside the list of closures, the company said, “Sears Holdings continues its strategic assessment of the productivity of our Kmart and Sears store base and will continue to right size our store footprint in number and size. In the process, as previously announced, we will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members.”

A spokesperson for Sears declined to release how many employees would be affected but did release the following statement, “Eligible associates impacted by these store closures will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores.”

According to a recent search on the Sears Holdings Corp. website, 93 positions were available within 50 miles of the Pittsburgh region.