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2 Sears stores, 1 Kmart to close in Minnesota out of 63 nationally

It's the latest round of closures announced by the struggling retailer.

Sears Holdings is closing 63 Sears and Kmart stores nationally as the beleaguered retailer struggles to stay afloat.

They're the latest in a long line of store closures in recent years, with the latest round affecting three locations in Minnesota.

The Sears stores at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth and Shingle Creek Crossing in Brooklyn Center will close by early September, as will the Kmart on 215 North Central Avenue in Duluth.

The Sears Auto Centers at the Duluth and Brooklyn Center sites will also close by the end of June.

Liquidation sales will get underway from June 14 onwards depending on the store. Workers will receive severance and the chance to apply for open positions at other stores.

It will leave Minnesota with just 3 full-sized Sears stores – in St. Paul, Minnetonka, and Bloomington.

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It still has almost two dozen of its smaller "Hometown" stores and auto centers dotted around Minnesota.

Since the start of 2017, Sears and Kmart stores in Maplewood, Mankato, Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, St. Cloud, Detroit Lakes and Mankato have closed.

There could be more closures announced in the near future too. In its quarterly results, Sears noted it had identified as many as 100 unprofitable stores, but only some of which have been announced to close for right now.

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