Kmart employees learned this morning that Havre’s store is closing.
The store’s closing is part of larger efforts to “streamline” the company’s operations and focus on the best performing stores, said Missy Pomerantz, Sears Holdings Corp. communications director, Thursday afternoon. The store will close in late September 2018, Pomerantz said.
“Liquidation sales will begin as early as July 12,” Pomerantz said.
A manager on duty, who asked to remain anonymous, said that someone bought the store. There was no knowledge of who that is and Pomerantz did not provide that information, either.
In the meantime, Kmart in Havre is hiring.
“We need temporary help starting ASAP,” the area store manager said.
The mood among employees is pretty good, the source said. “Everyone is doing well. … We’ll go out with a bang.”
There are between 30 and 40 store employees, the manager said.
“Eligible associates impacted by the store closure will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores,” Pomerantz said.
Kmart is the third Havre big box store in as many months to announce it’s leaving town. Herberger’s announced in April that is was closing and Sears Hometown Stores announced earlier in the month that it too was closing its Havre stores.
Kmart is a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporations. The company, which was incorporated in 1888 as S. S. Kresge Corporation and renamed Kmart Corporation in 1977, has had its troubles for more than a decade.
On Jan. 22, 2002, Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The next year, Kmart closed 326 stores that were performing poorly. In 2010, the company closed 22 more stores. In January 2017, Kmart liquidated 78 more stores. In May 2017, Kmart announced 18 more store closures.
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