Monday, October 3, 2022

Attention Kmart customers: Better shop now because this local store is closing

The Kmart on Waller Mill Road is one of 142 stores that will be closed as a part of a bankruptcy filing. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Google Maps)
The Kmart on Waller Mill Road is one of 142 stores that will be closed as a part of a bankruptcy filing. (WYDaily/ Courtesy Google Maps)

Greater Williamsburg’s only Kmart will soon close as its parent company files for bankruptcy.

The Kmart on Waller Mill Road in York County will shutter its doors after a liquidation sale, according to court documents. A corporate representative said the store will close near the end of the year but did not provide an exact date.

The documents were filed Monday by parent company Sears Holdings Corporation as part of its petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief.

The Waller Mill Road Kmart is one of 142 stores Sears Holdings announced would be closed during the bankruptcy process. Click here to see the list.

The company assessed each of its stores across the country and identified those which were under-performing and not profitable — 98 of the stores were unprofitable in fiscal year 2017 and the other 44 produced “flat or marginal profits.”

By closing the under-performing stores, Sears anticipates cost savings as well as more than $40 million in cash.

The company announced that store closing sales would begin at the selected locations within two weeks in an effort to liquidate inventory.

The store manager referred WYDaily to a corporate representative.

The bankruptcy filing comes after a years-long effort to transform the company and make it profitable once again, Sears Holdings Chairman Edward S. Lampert said in the filing.

“While we have made progress, the plan has yet to deliver the results we have desired, and addressing the Company’s immediate liquidity needs has impacted our efforts to become a profitable and more competitive retailer,” Lampert said. “The Chapter 11 process will give Holdings the flexibility to strengthen its balance sheet, enabling the Company to accelerate its strategic transformation, continue right sizing its operating model, and return to profitability. Our goal is to achieve a comprehensive restructuring as efficiently as possible.”

Lampert added, “We also thank our associates for their hard work and commitment to providing millions of Americans with value and convenience.”

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