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More locations to shutter by end of 2019

More Kmart and Sears stores will close by the end of the year.

Weeks after announcing 26 Sears and Kmart locations would close in October, an undisclosed number of additional stores are facing a similar fate in December.

While company officials did not release an official list of the locations closing, news outlets across the nation reported this week that their local stores were closing.

Kmart closures include four New Jersey Kmart stores and five Kmart stores in Puerto Rico, along with locations in California, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin. A Sears in Texas, Puerto Rico and Washington also are closing.

“After careful review, we have made the difficult decision to close the Kmart stores in Wayne, Trenton, Wall and Somers Point,” TransformCo. said in a statement sent to Asbury Park Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, about the New Jersey closures. “We encourage customers to continue shopping on Kmart.com for all their product needs.”

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In February, former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert struck a last-minute deal to buy Sears assets out of bankruptcy and keep about 400 stores open under a new entity,  Transform Holdco, also known as Transformco.

Lampert, who relinquished the CEO role when the company filed for bankruptcy, was the company’s largest shareholder and creditor at the time of the bankruptcy.

In early August when announcing the October closures, the company said more closings were still a possibility. 

“Following these steps, we will continue to evaluate our network of Sears and Kmart stores and cannot rule out additional store closures in the near term,” the company’s Aug. 6 statement said. “Our goal remains to return the company to profitability and preserve as many jobs as possible in the communities we serve.”

As of Aug. 7, company spokesman Larry Costello said about 380 locations remained open. 

“As we continue our transformation efforts, we are working closely with our stakeholders, and evaluating our network of stores, operations and business strategy in order to stabilize the business and support a long-term path to profitable success,” Transformco said in a statement to USA TODAY Friday.

Store closings

California

  • Carlsbad Sears: 2561 El Camino Real
  • Lakeport Kmart: 2019 S Main St.

Idaho

  • Lewiston Sears: 1815 21st St.

Kentucky

  • Somerset Kmart: 420 East Highway 80

Michigan

  • Marine City Kmart: 6730 River Road

New Jersey

  • Somers Point Kmart: 250 New Road Rte 9
  • Trenton Kmart: 1061 Whitehorse Aven
  • Wall Kmart: 1825 Highway 35
  • Wayne Kmart: 1020 Hamburg Turnpike

New York

  • Mattydale Kmart: 2803 Brewerton Road

Ohio

  • Barberton Kmart: 241 Wooster Road North
  • Grove City Kmart: 2400 Stringtown Road

Pennsylvania

  • Leechburg Kmart: 451 Hyde Park Road
  • New Castle Kmart: 2652 Ellwood Road

Puerto Rico

  • Aguadilla Kmart: Road 2 Km 126.5
  • Bayamon Sears: 1455 Carr.2
  • Carolina Kmart: 65th Infantry Ave.
  • Cayey Kmart: Ave Jesus T Pinero 4
  • Trujillo Alto Kmart: 200 Carr 181
  • Yauco Kmart: 601 Yauco Plaza

Texas

  • Corpus Christi Sears: 1305 Airline Road

Washington

  • Silverdale Sears: 10315 Kitsap Mall Blvd. NW

West Virginia

  • Elkview Kmart: 201 Crossings Mall

Wisconsin

  • Caledonia Kmart: 5141 Douglas Ave.

More closings: Know of a Sears or Kmart closing in December that’s not on this list? Email the information to ktyko@usatoday.com.

Contributing: Joshua Jongsma, North Jersey Record; Liz Shepard, Port Huron Times Herald; David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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