Struggling retailer Sears Holding Corp. said Thursday it will close 68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores this summer, including four Kmarts in California.
Kmart stores in Dinuba, Lodi, Tulare and Wasco, Calif., will begin liquidation sales May 12.
“The decision to close stores is a difficult but necessary step as we take aggressive actions to strengthen our company, fund our transformation and restore Sears Holdings to profitability,” Edward Lampert, Sears’ chief executive, said in a statement.
Employees at the closing stores will receive severance and can apply for open positions at other Sears or Kmart stores, the company said.
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