Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sears 2011-12 Store Closings in the Southeast: Many already featured on Sky City

Sears and Kmart just posted their closing list.  To no surprise, many of these malls have or will soon be covered on Sky City.  Here is a run down of Sears stores and Kmarts with links to ones in malls I covered:

1. Middlesboro Mall: Middlesboro, KY (Sears Hardline store)
2. Halls Mill, AL [5451 Halls Mill Rd] (Sears Essentials)
3. Multiple Sears Grand/Essentials locations in FL:
  • 101 E Interntn'l Speedway Deland FL 32724
  • 3020 Se Federal Hwy Stuart FL 34997
  • 4560 Forest Hill Blvd W Palm Beach FL 33406
  • 1363 Nw St Lucie W Blvd Port St Lucie FL 34986
4.  Ellicott City, MD [9200 Baltimore Nat Pike] (Sears Grand/Essentials)

Sears full-line stores listed below:

5. Metrocenter Mall: Jackson, MS (this is the last department store anchor)
6. Hickory Hollow Mall: Antioch, TN (this leaves Macy's as the sole remaining anchor)
7. Macon Mall: Macon, GA (the mall has now lost half its anchors since 2007)
8. Military Circle Mall: Norfolk, VA

Both photos above are of the Military Circle Mall store taken by Mike Kalasnik on July 31, 2011

9. Oak Hollow Mall: High Point, NC (this leaves Belk as the sole remaining anchor)
10. Leigh Mall: Columbus, MS
11. Edgewood Mall: McComb, MS
12. Cypress Bay Plaza (strip center): Morehead City, NC
13. Bradley Square Mall: Cleveland, TN (mall also has a Kmart)
14. Oak Ridge Mall/Downtown Shopping Center: Oak Ridge, TN (store anchors a long-abandoned mall)
15. Sumter Mall: Sumter, SC (previously a Capitol and later Tapp's)
16. Crystal River Mall: Crystal River, FL (mall also has a Kmart)
17. Golden East Crossing Mall: Rocky Mount, NC
18. Signal Hill Mall: Statesville, NC (former Woolworth and Hills)

Sears at Signal Hill Mall.  The store was renovated from its former life as Woolworth and later Hills.  Photo taken October 16, 2011.

Signal Hill Mall mall entrance to Sears.  Photo taken October 15, 2011.

Kmart stores listed below:

19. Winchester, KY [951 By-Pass Rd]
20. Buford, GA [1605 Buford Highway]
21. Hazard, KY [101 Town & Country Lane]
22. Fernandina Beach, FL [1525 Sadler Road]
23. Callaway, FL [225 S Tyndall Pkwy]
24. New Smyrna Beach, FL [1724 State Road 44]
25. Douglasville, GA [9552 Highway 5]
26. Hendersonville, TN [237 East Main]
27. St Augustine, FL [1777 U S 1 South St.]
28. Auburn, AL [2047 E University Drive]
29. Gadsden, AL [75 E Broad St] (Very close to Sears at Gadsden Mall)

Kmart in Gadsden, AL in May 3, 2008

Abandoned Kmart Foods, later Food Giant, adjoining the store.  Photo taken May 3, 2008.

30. Atlanta, GA [230 Cleveland Ave] (Last Kmart in Atlanta City Limits)
31. Orange City, FL [810 Saxon Blvd]
32. Columbus, GA [5600 Milgen Rd]
33. Jonesboro, GA [7965 Tara Boulevard]
34. Midlothian, VA [11003 Hull St Rd]
35. Pompano Beach, FL [2421 N Federal Hwy]

It should be noted this list is preliminary with more closings likely.  At least one on those list I predicted which was the closing of the store at Signal Hill Mall.  I expect the store at Southlake Mall in Atlanta to probably join this list when they wrap this up (and this post will be modified to show that).  It should be noted that no Kmarts in malls were on this list.  However, Sears locations in malls also anchored by Kmart were included.


  1. There is a K-mart store where we live that is a ghost town, even the weeks prior to Christmas.... people say "we go to K-mart because there is never any one there and no lines." I have no idea how they stay open and I was very surprised to see the store wasn't on the list (yet).

  2. Though it's stores were quite something many a moon ago when I was a kid, I have been very irritated by Sears over-pricing for quite some time and seldom shop there. I think these closing could have been held off by lowering everyday prices from nose-bleed high to a level more attractive to would-be buyers. The quality of Kenmore products has been dropping as well.

    There's no great advantage in working there for commission only salespersons either. I'm sorry to see the company going down but still feel it's getting exactly what it deserves.

  3. Good post! A lot more of the stores are probably very under-performing by most retail standards, but because SHLD owns the building/land or has locked in/negotiated low leases, these stores will hang on, for now at least.

  4. Why do you think all these Sears and Kmarts are closing. The one at the Macon Mall is the only anchor not changed. (Belk Matthews to Belk) (Davidson's to Macy's to Rich's to Rich's-Macy's to Macy's) (JCPenney gets a new walk way upstairs to the new east wing 1997)

  5. The Kmart at Claypool Hill mall should be closed by now.