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Sears Holdings to close 12 locations

BY HBSDEALER Staff

U.S. retailer Sears Holdings is set to close 12 stores — eight Kmarts and four Sears outlets — in January, according to a report in Reuters.

The stores to be closed are Sears Grand in Columbia, S.C.; a Sears Essentials in St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two other Sears stores in Indianapolis and Florissant, Mo.; and Kmarts in Marietta, Ga.; Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Forest Park, Ohio; Northridge, Calif.; Clarksville, Ind.; Sarasota, Fla.; and Knoxville, Tenn.

Sears Holdings operates more than 3,000 stores.

The closures are “part of our normal course of business of opening and closing stores,” spokeswoman Kimberly Freely said, adding, “It’s not part of a greater issue.”

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Connecticut hardware store to close

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Bunnell Paint & Hardware in New Haven, Conn., is going out of business after 33 years, according to the New Haven Independent.

Owner Len Mullally has owned the store since 1975, when he converted it from a paint and wallpaper store to a hardware store. He is expected to close his doors by the end of October. The 74-year-old Mullally said he will retire.

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ABC Supply names new regional fleet specialist

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LBM distributor ABC Supply has promoted Bert W. Maldonado to regional fleet specialist for the company’s Southeast region. Maldonado is now responsible for all of the 67-branch region’s vehicles and vehicle-related equipment. He also manages the company’s Customer Service Delivery System program in the region. He is based in ABC Supply’s regional office in Raleigh, N.C.

Maldonado most recently served as delivery service manager at ABC Supply’s Pensacola, Fla. store. He joined ABC Supply in 2005 as a delivery driver for the Pensacola branch.

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