Sears in Station Mall to Close

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It’s been a fixture of the Station Mall for over 40 years and the mall’s main anchor store, but today Sears Canada announced that the Sault Ste. Marie Sears store is one of several slated for closure as the company tries to stay afloat under a new plan.

The announcement came today in a press release.

Sears Canada has been engaged in a reinvention of the Company over the last 18 months. Sears Canada rebuilt its front and back-end technology platform, redefined its brand positioning, revamped its product assortment, and rebooted its customer experience and service standards. These changes led to the Company reporting an increase in same-store sales in its two most recently completed quarters. However, the continued liquidity pressures facing the Company as well as legacy components of its business are preventing it from making further progress in its brand reinvention efforts and from restructuring its legacy assets and businesses, which is why it sought creditor protection under the CCAA.

The Company also announced the closing of 20 full-line locations, plus 15 “Sears Home” Stores, 10 “Sears Outlet” and 14 “Sears Hometown” locations as well as a corresponding planned reduction in its workforce of approximately 2,900 positions across its retail network and at its corporate head office in Toronto. A list of the stores that the Company anticipates closing is included with this announcement. The specific timing of the store closings has not yet been finalized. All other Sears Canada stores and the Sears e-commerce website, www.sears.ca, continue to be open for business.

The two floor store moved to its current Station Mall location in 1973, prior to that Seasrs, then known as Simpson -Sears operated a store at the corner of Elgin and Queen Street for 20 years.

The Sears Station Mall location was the largest and last department store in the Sault.

The company did not announce a time line on when the store would close.

Here’s a list of full store closures announced

Sears Full-Line stores:

Medicine Hat, Alta.

Grande Prairie, Alta.

Lloydminster, Alta.

Red Deer Relocation, Alta.

Kamloops Aberdeen Mall, B.C.

Bathurst, N.B.

Saint John, N.B.

Corner Brook, N.L.

Truro Mall, N.S.

Dartmouth, N.S.

Brockville, Ont.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Hull, Que.

Chicoutimi, Que.

St. Georges de Beauce, Que.

Alma, Que.

Drummondville, Que.

Regina, Sask.

Moose Jaw, Sask.

Prince Albert, Sask.

Hometown locations:

Cold Lake, Alta.

St. Albert, Alta.

Okotoks, Alta.

Spruce Grove, Alta.

Ft. McMurray, Alta.

Leduc, Alta.

Sherwood Park, Alta.

Creston, B.C.

Sechelt, B.C.

Grand Forks, B.C.

Orangeville, Ont.

Rimouski, Que.

Rouyn-Noranda, Que.

Melville, Sask.

Outlet stores:

Abbotsford Retail, B.C.

Winnipeg Garden City, Man.

Halifax Outlet, N.S.

Cornwall, Ont.

Chatham, Ont.

Cambridge, Ont.

Timmins, Ont.

St. Eustache, Que.

Montreal Place Vertu, Que.

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