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Poll: Would You Miss Your Local Kmart/Sears Store

Struggling Retailer Announces Plans to Close At Least 100 Stores; No Word on Whether This Effects Essex County.

Earlier today, long-struggling retailer Sears Holding Corp. announced it will close between 100-120 stores nationwide in its latest attempt to make itself profitable, according to The Huffington Post.

There is no word whether any local stores will close, although the retailer said a final list will be posted upon completion at searsmedia.com.

This news could impact several Sears Holding Corp. stores in Essex County, including Kmart stores in Belleville and West Orange, Sears stores at the Livingston Mall and in West Caldwell, and the Sears Essentials in West Orange.

However, with the growth of Target and Walmart in recent years, would you miss your local Kmart and/or Sears stores if they closed?

Take our poll below. And, as always, weigh in with your comments below.

Tom G. December 29, 2011 at 03:28 PM
@wohopeful - would you care to share with us what Target's "specific formula" is and why the current footprint would not accommodate them?
Gary Englert December 29, 2011 at 03:41 PM
@ Mac: I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any intelligent response from wohpeful.
wohopeful December 29, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Mac, please visit more than one Target store and you will quickly see that everyone is built to almost the same specifications with at least two main entrances and exist, single floor with a main racetrack center aisle. The current property on Prospect could hardly accomodate two main entrances, a single level, let alone a main racetrack aisle in the center as the property is divided with an escalator in the center of the rertail space. In addition the exterior aesthetics have a formula as well and the current strip mall would hardly accomodate the requirements of the Target Corporation. I understand you would like to have a Target store in the space but it just isn't going to happen. Besides the demographics of the current clientele call more for a dollar store than a major department store retailer.
Tom G. December 29, 2011 at 07:40 PM
@wohopeful - it sounds like you have not been to very many Target stores yourself. Not all Target stores are on a single level. In fact, the one in Gaithersburg, MD is on 2 levels with 2 escalators and 2 large elevators. I used to shop there all the time when I worked in that area a few years ago. Have you ever been to Target in East Hanover (route 10)? There is only 1 entrance/exit, not 2. I have no idea where you are getting your information from, but it is clearly not correct, as the stores do not conform to the specifications you state.
wohopeful December 29, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Mac, it is a moot point at this time as the store in question is not on the first list of stores to be closed.

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