Two Sears and Sears Auto Center locations in Northeast Ohio will close their doors in what the company is calling "a difficult, but necessary decision."
News 5 confirmed that the locations are:
- Sears and Sears Auto Center at 7875 Johnnycake Ridge Road in Mentor
- Sears and Sears Auto Center at 6950 W 130th Street in Middleburg Heights.
In an email, a Sears spokesman said the stores will close in mid-September and the Sears Auto Centers will close in late July.
The stores will begin liquidation sales on June 30.
"We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced. We understand that members may be disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors." --Sears spokesman
The company will not say how many employees will lose their jobs. Some will be eligible for severance pay and others will be able to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.