BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will lose Sears and Kmart stores in Brighton and five other communities as part of a nationwide set of closings announced by the retail chain.
Sears Holdings Corp. in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Thursday released the location of 79 stores that are being closed. It said previously it would close 100 to 120 stores.
Along with the Sears store in Brighton, the Michigan closings include Sears stores in Adrian, Harper Woods and Monroe and Kmart stores in Macomb County's Chesterfield and Washington townships.
Florida is hardest hit with 11 closings. Ohio and Georgia have six each, and Minnesota, North Carolina and Tennessee four each.
The closings account for about 3 percent of the company's 3,560 U.S. Stores. Sears merged with the Troy-based Kmart in 2005.
Sears has 147 stores in Michigan, including 67 Sears and 80 Kmart outlets.
The Sears store at Eastland Center in Harper Woods opened in 2004 at the site of a former JCPenney store.
"Certainly losing any anchor would certainly be a hardship in a mall property," mall manager Bfrent Reetz told the Detroit Free Press. "They don't own the building, so I'm surprised they would close."
John Benton, general manager at the Adrian Mall in Adrian, said that Sears store employs about 70 people.
"We are disappointed to hear that the Sears store is going to close. Sears has been an important part of the Adrian Mall family since 1970," Benton said. "Of course, retail is an ever-changing world."
Store closing list: http://www.searsmedia.com/tools/122711_close.pdf