ELYRIA – Sears at Midway Mall is closing come September.
Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs confirmed the closure in an email Tuesday, calling the decision “difficult, but necessary.”
Riefs said the store will close to the public in early September. The store will begin its liquidation sale on June 16. The Sears Auto Center will remain open.
“We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced,” he said.
Riefs said the number of employees at the store “is not publicly available.”
“Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores,” Riefs said.
Mayor Holly Brinda said the closure of the store does not impact the city’s hopes to see the mall sold because Sears owns its building and operates independently.
“Obviously we don’t want them to close, but it would not be indicative of the local economy itself and the closures had been predicted across the board,” Brinda said.
Sears previously announced that it would close 150 non-profitable stores comprised of 108 Kmart and 42 Sears locations.
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