Sears, Kmart Closures Announced; List Includes Six In Michigan

DETROIT (CBS) –  Florida will be hit the hardest by the closing of Sears and Kmart stores — losing 11 next year, according to a preliminary list released by the retailer.  But Michigan is not far behind, with 6 stores around Metro Detroit set to go.

Sears released a partial list Thursday that includes 79 of the estimated 120 stores that will be closed across the country in 2012.

In Michigan, the list includes stores in Macomb, Monroe and Wayne counties, but none in Oakland County or in the city of Detroit. On the list are:

  • Sears Grand/Essentials on Grand River in Brighton
  • Sears Grand/Essentials on Vernier in Harper Woods
  • Sears on North Monroe in Monroe
  • Sears on Main in Adrian
  • Kmart on Van Dyke in Washington Township
  • Kmart on Gratiot in Chesterfield Township

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis spoke with disaapointed Kmart shoppers, including Robert and his mother Thereasa.

“I come here all the time, so it’s a bummer it’s gonna close. I don’t know that’s any closer by that has good deals,” said Robert.

“Yeah, I’m just kinda sad that our Kmart’s closing. I come up here a lot ’cause it’s closeby and it’s convenient and it has great deals,” said Therease. “So, I think I shouldn’t close this Kmart down.”

Local Sears shoppers were also unhappy to hear the news.

“It’s a shame that after all these years it’s gonna close up because it’s been around as long as I can remember,” said one woman.

Another man said Sears doesn’t seem to do a lot of business so he wasn’t suprised.

More on the story here.


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