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Santa Maria Kmart to close Sunday

Posted at 5:00 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 01:51:37-05

The Santa Maria Kmart will close its doors for good on Sunday.

The move comes after Sears said late last year it planned to close an additional 80 stores across the U.S.

CNBC reports the bankrupt retailer, which owns Kmart, may be forced to liquidate entirely.

Sears filed for bankruptcy in October 2018. At the time, a little under 700 stores were operating across the nation. The company said it would close 142 unprofitable stores. A month later, it announced another 40 stores would be closing.

In December, Sears told workers it would begin liquidation sales at 80 stores in two weeks, which included the Santa Maria Kmart. The report says Sears Auto Centers would also close.

Four other California Kmarts are impacted, including Stockton, Apple Valley, Burbank, and Auburn.

There are still Sears locations in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, but no plans have been announced regarding those stores.

Mark van de Kamp, Public Information Manager for the City of Santa Maria, has said the city will work with those interested in moving into the site off Santa Maria Way in the future.

Kmart in Santa Maria will close for good March 3. (KSBY photo)
Kmart in Santa Maria will close for good March 3. (KSBY photo)