A Kmart store on Court Street in Medina — which was in the process of being converted into a smaller Big K store — is among 79 outlets nationwide that will be closed, according to a Sears Holdings Corp. announcement Thursday.
Earlier this week, Sears said it plans to close between 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores after seeing poor sales during the holidays.
On Thursday, the company posted a list of 70 stores that will close and said additional updates would be posted on the Internet at the site www.searsmedia.com as they become available.
In Greater Akron, the only store on Thursday’s list is the Kmart at 1105 N. Court St. in Medina. The only other Northeast Ohio store to close is a Kmart in Chagrin Falls. Others closing in Ohio are in Toledo, Columbus and Springfield.
In January, a spokeswoman for Kmart’s parent company confirmed that the Court Street store would be converted to a smaller Big K and would no longer sell groceries.
In April, all 184 workers at the Medina Super Kmart received layoff notices. The company said then that it had not decided how many positions would be eliminated by downsizing the store by 20,000 square feet.
No notices have been filed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as of Thursday regarding layoffs from the current round of closures.
The company has more than 4,000 stores in the United States and Canada. Sears has two area stores — at Chapel Hill Mall in Akron and Westfield Belden Village in Stark County — among 38 in Ohio.
Kmart has stores in Tallmadge, Barberton, Streetsboro, North Canton, Canton, Massillon, Medina and Brunswick, among 62 statewide.
The company said Thursday it could not provide numbers for employees impacted, but said a typical store that is being closed employs between 40 and 80.
No details were available about the timeline of the closures.