Sears, Kmart footprints getting smaller in West Virginia; additional closings announced

CHARLESTON — According to reports, two more Sears Holding properties in West Virginia will close in the coming months as part of the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing announced Monday.

Of the 142 Sears and Kmart stores listed for closing in the bankruptcy filing, the Sears store at the Morgantown Mall in Westover and the Kmart store in the Patrick Street Plaza in Charleston are on the list.

The liquidation of those stores is expected to begin within two weeks, court documents said.

After the latest round of closings there will only be two Kmart stores left in West Virginia–both in the Charleston area. One in Kanawha City and another at the Crossings Mall in Elkview. There will remain only one Sears retail location–a store at the Huntington Mall.

There are a four Sears Hometown stores and three auto centers left in West Virginia.

Since 2017, Sears Holding has closed Kmarts in Elkins, Weirton, South Parkersburg, Vienna, Beckley, Martinsburg, Huntington, Clarksburg and St. Albans. A store in Teays Valley is currently having a liquidation sale after an August closing announcement.

Sears last profitable year was 2010. Since then the company’s sales have dropped 60 percent and it’s lost $11.2 billion.

This story will be updated. 

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