Last bluelight dims in Dayton: Final area Kmart store to close Sunday

  • Max Filby
  • Staff Writer
11:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 Business
Sears/Kmart announced Dec. 27, that it plans to close up to 120 stores nationwide following a difficult couple of years and lousy holiday sales this year. The closings affected one store in Beavercreek and the last Dayton area store will close this weekend.

The last Kmart store in the Dayton area will close its doors this weekend.

The store, located at 601 Woodman Drive, will close on Sunday, a manager confirmed. Approximately 73 employees at the location will be impacted by the closing.

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“This is part of a strategy both to address losses from unprofitable stores and to reduce the square footage of other stores because many of them are simply too big for our current needs,” Sears Chief Executive Eddie Lampert said in a blog post on the closures.

Sears Holdings lost $2.2 billion in sales in 2016.

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In late March, the company issued a somber message and officials said there is “substantial doubt” that Kmart and Sears can continue to survive. The warning came in an annual report filed with the Security and Exchange Commission.

Kmart also closed a store located at 4480 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek in July. That Kmart location will become the first At Home store in the Dayton area.

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