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St. Paul Sears closing forever Sunday, leaving 2 locations in MN

You have until 6 p.m. to shop at the historical Rice Street location

It's the end of an era for Sears and for St. Paul, as the retailer's final location in the city shuts down for good.

The Sears on Rice St., right near the state Capitol, closes down at 6 p.m. on Sunday, after nearly 57 years in business there.

Opened in 1962, the location was built by famed architect Victor Gruen — the father of the American shopping mall — and is known for its "modernist design," Twin City Sidewalks notes. 

Today, it's a veritable ghost town of dwindling items, empty shelves, and "Going Out of Business" banners, as this tweet from Pioneer Press reporter Frederick Melo indicates:

Everything in the store is priced to move, with WCCO noting the merchandise has all been discounted 50 to 80 percent. 

As for the property itself, it'll likely meet an unsurprising fate, with B Kyle, the president and CEO of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, telling KSTP that the 22-acre site is "ripe for development."

The closure follows the news that Sears would also be closing its locations at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, and most notably, at the Mall of America

Those stores are expected to be closed by the end of March. Until then, they are the last-remaining full-size Sears stores in Minnesota. 

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