Sears closing Green Bay store, auto center

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While acknowledging keeping a store like Kmart is challenging for small communities like Red Oak, Billings adds the retail environment has been tough for Sears Holdings, in general, in recent years.

Sears Holdings spokesman Larry Costello wouldn't say how many jobs would be cut, but noted that most are part-time positions. Liquidation sales begin in mid-January.

The move comes in addition to closing about 250 stores announced previous year.

Sears Holdings has announced plans to close more than 100 more Kmart and Sears stores around the country, including three locations in Western Pennsylvania.

The retailer, which has been dealing with declining sales, is planning to close 103 of its Sears and Kmart stores by April.

The location at 1555 Green Bay Plaza will close in early April. Sears Holdings hasn't turned a profit since 2010 and warned early a year ago there was "substantial doubt" it will be able to stay in business, the published reports said.

Kmart closed stores in Elkins, Weirton and South Parkersburg in 2017.

The Mandeville Kmart, 3555 USA 190, was one of the first businesses to locate at what is now a busy commercial area in the heart of the city. The Route 8 location was chosen instead.

The latest store closings include Kmarts in Crossville, Goodlettsville and Greeneville, Tenn., and in Statesboro, Albany and Jesup, Ga., and a Sears store in Centerville, Ga. The 1977 project fell apart, though, when the company said more land was needed to build. It opened for business in May 1995.

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