There will soon be just one Kmart left in Minnesota after the beleaguered retailer's owner announced two store closures in the state.
Transfom Holdco LLC, which bought the Sears Corporation's assets earlier this year, announced on Saturday that the Kmart stores by mid-December.
"After careful review, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the Kmart stores in St. Paul and International Falls, Minnesota," a company spokesman said.
"The liquidation sales are expected to begin in mid-September and the stores are planned to close by mid-December. We encourage customers to continue shopping on Kmart.com for all their product needs."
The St. Paul Kmart is located at 245 Maryland Ave E., while International Falls' is at 1606 U.S. Highway 11.
It means the sole surviving Kmart in Minnesota will be located in Minneapolis, which is particularly ironic given that the Minneapolis' store's location is historically unpopular as it bisects Nicollet Avenue.
Meanwhile the close in St. Paul is the second significant retail announcement impacting the city in the space of a week, with Walmart also signaling it would be closing its only store in St. Paul, at Midway, next month.
The Pioneer Press notes that Minnesota lost the large bulk of its Kmart stores in the early 2000, when a wave of closures shuttered around 10 stores, including one in St. Paul's Midway.