Sears announced Monday morning it was closing dozens of stores as part of its bankruptcy process and the location at the local mall was one of the 142 stores on the list.
According to the company, a liquidation sale will begin as soon as the next couple of weeks.
Sears also owns Kmart and while some of those stores were also on the list to be closed down across the country, it didn’t include the location in West Ellicott.
The loss of Sears is yet another major hit to the local retail business in the area. Earlier this year the SAM’s Club on Fairmount Ave. in West Ellicott was closed down by its parent company Walmart. And just a short time later it was announced that the Bon Ton in the Chautauqua Mall would be closing. Monday’s announcement by Sears creates a double whammy for the Chautauqua Mall in less than a year.
The national trend of online shopping and less reliance on department stores is being blamed for the closure.
It’s not known how many local employees will be affected.
According to the Post-Journal, Sears was first introduced to Jamestown in 1929 and began operating in the Chautauqua Mall in 1970 when it was first opened to the public.