SIOUX CITY -- The Sears store at the Southern Hills Mall, the last of its kind in Iowa, has announced it will close in late March 2019. The auto center will close in late January.
In a statement released Friday, Sears Holding Corporation announced a total of 80 Sears and K-Mart stores will be closing across the country. Liquidation sales at the stores commence in two weeks.
Sears is an anchor store at the Southern Hills Mall, along with Barnes & Noble, JCPenney, Scheels and formerly Younkers, which closed earlier this year. The retailer was an original anchor store at the mall, which opened in 1980.
Before it was at the mall, Sears had locations in downtown Sioux City. The first Sioux City Sears store opened in August 1928.
Southern Hills Mall marketing director James Clakeley could not be reached Friday.
Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott on Friday said the loss of the Sears store is lamentable. He suggested the city may seek out displacement funds from the state or look into linking the workers with new jobs or education, though it's too early to say what any of that would look like.
"The employees are the people that we'll be concerned about," he said.
Scott said he wasn't sure whether the mall would be easily able to find a new tenant for the large space Sears will leave behind -- but he also hopes the mall foresaw this issue to some degree.
"They had to probably see this coming, because there's not been a lot of good press on Sears," Scott said. "So I hope they have some sort of plan.
"We're fortunate we kept (Sears) as long as we did, but it's certainly a loss."
Denny Gansemer was the president of the only known Sears retiree group in Iowa, the Sears #2122 Dubuque, Iowa Retiree Club. He said the club no longer holds regular meetings.
"We haven't gotten together for quite a while now -- the retirees, a lot of them are getting older," he said. "We just don't get together much anymore."
Gansemer, who worked for Sears from about 1971 to 1996, had fond memories of the Dubuque store, which closed several years ago. He said the Dubuque store once had a coffee shop where customers and employees liked to gather, and held an annual carnival event that everyone loved.
"It was a great job, Sears was a great place to work," he said.
Sears retirees, Gansemer said, are "not happy at all" about the recent rounds of store closures. He liked his position at Sears.
"It was just great, they took care of us, we had good profit-sharing" in the old days, he said. He blames "poor management" on Sears' struggles in recent years, as have other observers.
Gansemer was unimpressed by the recent $25 million in executive bonuses paid to Sears executives, who he said share much of the blame for the company's slow downfall.
"Even right at the very end, they still have poor management," he said.
The closing list included a K-Mart in Rapid City, South Dakota as well as the Sears stores in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Sears' Mall of America location in Bloomington, Minnesota will also close.
Both Sears and K-Mart are owned by Sears Holding Corporation.
Sears, which had been a titan of American retail for more than 130 years, filed for bankruptcy in October after years of declining sales.
The full list of 80 Sears and K-Marts follows:
- Kmart, 7055 East Broadway, Tucson, Arizona
- Kmart, 2180 E Mariposa Rd., Stockton, California
- Kmart, 20777 Bear Valley Rd., Apple Valley, California
- Kmart, 1000 San Fernando Rd., Burbank, California
- Kmart, 2875 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, California
- Kmart, 2505 Bell Rd., Auburn California
- Kmart, 295 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon Connecticut
- Kmart, 200 Irwin Ne, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
- Kmart, 6126 Hwy 301, Ellenton Florida
- Kmart, 11 Sherwood Square, Peru, Indiana
- Kmart, 2940 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana
- Kmart, 8980 Waltham Woods Rd., Baltimore, Maryland
- Kmart, 201 Ninth St. S E, Rochester, Minnesota
- Kmart, 155 Twin City Mall, Crystal City, Missouri
- Kmart, 12057 Highway 49 Delmar Plaza, Gulfport, Mississippi
- Kmart, 980 Brevard Rd., Asheville, North Carolina
- Kmart, 110 112 Bost Rd., Morganton, North Carolina
- Kmart, 4841 Arendell St., Morehead City, North Carolina
- Kmart, 1900 S Washington St., Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Kmart, 1515 W 3rd, Alliance, Nebraska
- Kmart, 213 Highway 37 E, Toms River, New Jersey
- Kmart, 1705 S Main St., Roswell, New Mexico
- Kmart, 308 Dix Ave., Queensbury, New York
- Kmart, 1020 Center Street Grand Central Plaza, Horseheads, New York
- Kmart, 121 Bolivar Rd., Wellsville, New York
- Kmart, 1251 State Rte 29 Ste 1O Greenwich Plaza, Greenwich, New York
- Kmart, 7701 Broadview Rd., Cleveland, Ohio
- Kmart, 620 Plaza Dr., Fostoria, Ohio
- Kmart, 400 N East Circle Blvd., Corvallis, Oregon
- Kmart, 996 West View Park Dr., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Kmart, 2873 W 26th St., Erie, Pennsylvania
- Kmart, 1143 Broad St., Sumter, South Carolina
- Kmart, 1111 E North St., Rapid City, South Dakota
- Kmart, 1805 E Stone Dr., Kingsport, Tennessee
- Kmart, 217 Forks Of River Pkwy, Sevierville, Tennessee
- Kmart, 4110 E Sprague Ave., Spokane, Washington
- Kmart, 1450 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
- Sears*, 2050 Southgate Rd., Colorado Spgs, Colorado
- Sears*, 1650 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Spgs, Colorado
- Sears*, 3201 Dillon Dr., Pueblo, Colorado
- Sears, 1700 W Intl Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida
- Sears*, 1500 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, Florida
- Sears*, 347 Westshore Plz, Tampa, Florida
- Sears*, 1441 Tamiami Trl Pt., Charlotte, Florida
- Sears*, 9409 Us Highway 19 N Ste 101, Port Richey, Florida
- Sears*, 150 Pearl Nix Pkwy, Gainesville, Georgia
- Sears*, 4480 Sergeant Rd., Sioux City, Iowa
- Sears*, 235 Saint Clair Sq., Fairview Hts, Illinois
- Sears*, 7200 Harrison Ave., Cherry Valley, Illinois
- Sears*, 7700 E Kellogg Dr., Wichita, Kansas
- Sears, 4400 Veterans Mem Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana
- Sears*, 2306 N Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, Maryland
- Sears*, 5500 Harvey St., Muskegon, Michigan
- Sears, 27600 Novi Rd., Novi, Michigan
- Sears, 2000 N E Ct., Bloomington, Minnesota
- Sears*, 1620 Guess Rd., Durham, North Carolina
- Sears*, The Streets Of Southpoint, Durham, North Carolina
- Sears*, 7424 Dodge St., Omaha, Nebraska
- Sears*, 6400 O St., Lincoln, Nebraska
- Sears*, 3450 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Sears*, 10 Miracle Mile Dr., Rochester, New York
- Sears, 5053 Tuttle Crossing Blvd., Columbus, Ohio
- Sears*, 1400 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, Ohio
- Sears*, 1475 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield, Ohio
- Sears*, 501 Medford Ctr, Medford Oregon
- Sears*, 200 Park City Ctr., Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Sears*, 5256 Route 30, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
- Sears*, 5580 Goods Lane Ste 1005, Altoona, Pennsylvania
- Sears, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy, Goodlettsvlle, Tennessee
- Sears, 2021 N Highland Ave., Jackson, Tennessee
- Sears*, 201 S Plano Rd., Richardson, Texas
- Sears*, 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd., Abilene, Texas
- Sears*, 851 N Central Expwy, Plano, Texas
- Sears*, 6001 W Waco Dr., Waco, Texas
- Sears*, 7701 1-40 W Ste 400, Amarillo, Texas
- Sears*, 2100 S W S Young Dr., Killeen, Texas
- Sears, 3100 Highway 365, Port Arthur, Texas
- Sears*, 1531 Rio Rd E, Charlottesvillec Virginia
- Sears*, 1321 N Columbia Center Blvd. Suite 455, Kennewick, Washington
- Sears, 4301 W Wisconsin Ave., Appleton, Wisconsin
* Indicates Sears Auto Center will close in late January