East Salisbury Kmart on national closures list

The familiar Kmart on Tilghman Road is among dozens that will close this spring, disappointing many Salisbury shoppers who have walked the aisles for decades, selecting clothing, shoes, small appliances and garden supplies.

A few days into the new year, Sears Holdings announced the local Kmart would be among the 100 establishments going out of business in 2018. They will include 64 Kmarts and 39 Sears stores.

The other Kmart closing in Maryland is in Crofton.

Thirty-nine Sears stores will go, too, but not the one at the Centre at Salisbury.

At Kmart, shoppers will soon find items on sale as liquidation begins and employees who qualify will  be able to apply for other jobs within the company.

Sears and Kmart employed a total of 150 people in Wicomico County as of fall 2015, according to the Maryland Department of Commerce.

The Kmart in Rehoboth Beach is not expected to close.

Headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Ill., the Kmart chain purchased Sears  for $11 billion in 2004, forming Sears Holdings Corp.

In 2000, at its peak of success, Kmart operated 2,171 stores, including 105 Super Kmart Centers.

The original Kmart company was incorporated in 1916, although the first store didn’t open until 1962.

Kmart Corporation was formerly known as S.S. Kresge Co.. It became Kmart Corp. in 1977.

As of January 2017, the company had 670 Sears stores and 755 Kmarts, according to reports.

Sears had 588 auto centers.

According to CNN, in 2006, the company operated more than 3,000 locations in the United States and a few hundred in  Canada. Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy last year, and is in the process of shuttering its business entirely. And by the end of October 2017, Sears Holdings had just over 1,000 stores left in the nation.

The company said the closures are part of an ongoing effort to “right size” its store footprint.

“As previously announced, we will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members,” Sears Holdings stated.

“We will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members,” the company said in its statement.

Also closing are Kmarts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada,  New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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