Shoppers and Employees at both the local Kmart and Sears waited with nervous anticipation Thursday as the owner of the two retail chains announced it would be closing dozens of stores across the country, with a list expected to be released later in the day.
However, by late Thursday afternoon the list of stores was released and neither the Kmart on Fairmount Ave. in West Ellicott or the Sears inside the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood were listed as locations that would be closed.
But even though a total of 15 Kmart stores and 48 Sears stores in other areas of the country that have been deemed “non-profitable” and are slated for closure in September by Sears Holdings, the company said a small group of stores were pulled from the list for further evaluation and more closing announcements could be forthcoming.
Retail outlets have taken financial hits in recent years due to the growing popularity of buying items and goods online from retailers like Amazon. The Bon-Ton in the Chautauqua Mall has already fallen victim to the trend and will close later this month. The West ellicott Sam’s Club on Fairmount ave. also closed down earlier this year.