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Sears to close store at Summit Mall

Sears will close its store at the former Summit Mall in the Town of Wheatfield.

The store will start a liquidation sale on May 18 and close to the public in early August, said Howard Riefs, a Sears spokesman.

"We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced," he said.

Having fewer stores – and the right format – will help us bring Sears Holdings to a size and place to meet the realities of the changing retail world," Riefs said.

Sears declined to reveal the number of employees the store has. Employees who are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Sears and Kmart stores in the area.

The mall property is absorbing another blow with the impending closing of its Bon-Ton store, as that entire chain heads for a shutdown.

With final store at former Summit Mall closing, owner looks beyond retail

Sears was one of the original anchors of what was then called the Summit Park Mall when the complex opened in 1972. The other original anchors were AM&A's, Hens & Kelly and Jenss.

Canadian developer Zoran Cocov bought the Summit property in 2014. The mall has been mostly vacant since 2009 and has undergone changes in ownership, but different efforts to redevelop the property have not succeeded.


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