Sears Holdings plans to close 21 stores by spring

February 22, 2010 6:20:03 PM PST
Sears Holdings Corp. said Monday that it plans to shut 21 more stores around the country.

The announcement brings to 56 the number of stores that the owner of Sears and Kmart has said over the past year that it will close.

About 1,000 jobs will be affected when the stores close this spring.

The announcement affects 13 Kmarts in: Longmont, Colo.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Bainbridge, Ga.; Crestwood, Ill.; Woodstock, Ill.; Connersville, Ind.; Austin, Minn.; Cleveland; Dayton, Ohio; Eastlake, Ohio; Milford, Ohio; Wadsworth, Ohio; and Bremerton, Wash.

Four Sears stores will shut at malls in Waycross, Ga.; Wilson, N.C.; Columbia, Tenn.; and Houston.

And four smaller Sears locations, called Sears Essentials, will close in Londonderry, N.H.; Marlton, N.J.; South Plainfield, N.J.; and West Bend, Wis.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Freely says the closings are part of Sears' normal operations. Sears will report its fourth-quarter results Tuesday. It operates more than 3,900 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The company's shares rose 62 cents to $95.66 in trading Monday.