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Kmart store in Greenville to close

By Liz Segrist
Published Nov. 27, 2012

Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close a Greenville Kmart and lay off its 55 associates early next year, according to a WARN filing.

The Kmart at 640 Sulphur Springs Road in Greenville will close by Jan. 27, according to a company statement. The Greenville store opened in 1974.

Companies must notify state government of upcoming layoffs under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act. SC Works publishes the filings.

The Kmart employees were notified of the store’s closing in mid-October. Liquidation sales began Nov. 11.

Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores. A majority of the associates are part time and hourly, according to a company statement.

“These decisions are never easy, because Kmart appreciates being a member of the community,” Sears Holdings Spokesman Chris Brathwaite said in an emailed statement. “However, we made a business decision to not renew the lease at this location.”

Sears Holdings announced plans last year to close 173 stores nationwide in the first half of 2012. Of those, the company planned to close 60 of its Kmart stores during that period, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. As of Jan. 28, there were 1,305 U.S. Kmart stores.

Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp., which is listed on the Nasdaq as SHLD.