Sears to close eight more stores in early 2009

Sears Holdings will close eight stores -- including four Great Indoors locations -- in February, the Hoffman Estates, Ill., retailer confirmed Nov. 14.

This brings the total of Sears stores slated to close in early 2009 to 20. It was previously announced that Sears would close a dozen stores early next year because of poor sales.

The stores that will close in February are as follows: Great Indoors stores in Las Vegas, Schaumburg, Ill., Woodbridge, N.J., and Chino Hills, Calif.; a Sears Essentials store in Clearwater, Fla.; and Sears Grand stores in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and American Fork, Utah. A Kmart in Fairmont, Minn., will also cease operation.

The three Sears stores will close “as the result of a normal review of underperforming stores,” Sears spokeswoman Katie Regan told HCN.

Sears will close the other dozen stores previously announced on Jan. 31.

The closing of the Schaumburg store on Feb. 4 will affect 113 employees and result in just one Great Indoors store (in Lombard, Ill.) remaining open in the Chicago area and 12 nationwide.

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