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Sears to close Mall of America store, Kmart in Rochester

The beleaguered retailer is shutting 80 stores nationwide.

Sears is leaving the Mall of America.

The MOA anchor store, along with a Kmart at 201 Ninth St S E in Rochester, are among 80 stores that will close by the end of March, the company announced on Friday.

It comes just two months after Sears announced it'd be closing its 2 other remaining full-size stores in Minnesota: on St. Paul's Rice Street and at the Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka.

The retailer, once the nation's biggest, was only saved from having to close a further 425 of its remaining stores because of a last-minute $4.4 billion bid to save the company by chairman Eddie Lampert, CNBC reports.

Sears was one of the original tenants of the Mall of America when it opened in 1992.

Minnesota will now be left without a full-size Sears store. Along with the MOA, Ridgedale and Rice Street stores, Sears also brought an end to its stores in Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, and Shingle Creek Crossing, Brooklyn Center.

It still has more than a dozen of its smaller "Hometown" stores and auto centers dotted around Minnesota.

Somewhat inevitably, the Kmart store on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis is not among those closing.

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