Sears store to close at Vir­ginia Cen­ter Com­mons mall

Ch­ester­field Towne Cen­ter lo­ca­tion will be re­tailer’s last in Rich­mond re­gion

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - BY TAMMIE SMITH TLSmith@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6572

The Sears store at Vir­ginia Cen­ter Com­mons mall is one of 40 Sears and Kmart stores that will close in Fe­bru­ary, Sears Hold­ings Corp. an­nounced Thurs­day.

The clo­sures are part of the re­tailer’s ef­forts to re­struc­ture.

The Illi­nois-based com­pany in­formed em­ploy­ees at the af­fected stores of the clo­sures Thurs­day morn­ing.

Liq­ui­da­tion sales at the stores will be­gin next week. Sears Auto Stores also will be clos­ing.

The clo­sure of the Sears in north­ern Hen­rico County will leave the store at Ch­ester­field Towne Cen­ter as the only Sears lo­ca­tion left in the Rich­mond area.

Sears Hold­ings, the par­ent com­pany of the Sears and Kmart re­tail chains, closed the Rich­mond re­gion’s last Kmart last fall.

It closed a Sears in South­park Mall in Colo­nial Heights in Jan­uary and closed a Sears in Re­gency mall in Hen­rico in Septem­ber 2017.

Of the 40 stores be­ing closed, 11 are Kmart lo­ca­tions and the rest are Sears. There are no oth­ers in Vir­ginia clos­ing.

Th­ese store clos­ings are in ad­di­tion to pre­vi­ously an­nounced clo­sures of 142 un­prof­itable stores ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the year.

Sears Hold­ings filed for Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion last month as a last-ditch ef­fort to save the Amer­i­can re­tail­ing icon.

The Sears at Vir­ginia Cen­ter Com­mons at 10101 Brook Road is one of the mall’s an­chor ten­ants. Sears owns the 117,000-square-foot store and the 15,000-square-foot auto cen­ter, both of which opened in Fe­bru­ary 1995.

DEAN HOFFMEYER/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

The Sears at Vir­ginia Cen­ter Com­mons in Hen­rico County is one of the shop­ping mall’s an­chor ten­ants. The re­tailer’s par­ent com­pany is clos­ing 40 stores na­tion­wide as part of a re­struc­tur­ing ef­fort.

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