Beleaguered Sears to close its Maplewood store

The retailer has been struggling for years.
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A bad few weeks for big box retail in Minnesota is getting worse with news the Twin Cities is losing a Sears store.

The Business Insider reported on Friday that Sears is quietly closing two-dozen of its stores, not making an official announcement about the closures.

Sears confirmed to BMTN that the store at Maplewood Mall is among those closures, and will shut its doors by mid-July.

"We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store in Maplewood," spokesman Howard Riefs said.

"The store will close to the public in mid July 2018. Until then, it will remain open for customers. The store will begin its liquidation sale on April 27."


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Riefs said the closure was not just about cost savings, but about a strategic shift that recognizes "many of our larger stores are too big for our needs."

Workers losing their jobs will be offered full severance, or the chance to apply for open roles at other stores.

The closure is another blow for department store retail in Minnesota, coming a week after the owner of Herberger's announcing it will be closing all of its stores – including 20 in Minnesota.

It will leave Minnesota with just 5 full-sized Sears stores – in St. Paul, Minnetonka, Duluth, Bloomington and Brooklyn Center.

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

Last year alone, Sears and Kmart stores in Mankato, Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, St. Cloud, Detroit Lakes and Mankato closed.

In 2000, Sears had a total of 863 mall-based retail stores, plus 1,200 other retail outlets. That's plummeted in recent years – down to 695 physical locations to start 2017. 

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