Burlington, WA – The Burlington Kmart store located at 1550 South Burlington Boulevard is slated to close it’s doors for good in mid-April 2020 according to an article by USA Today.
In early November of 2019, Transformco, which acquired Sears and Kmart out of bankruptcy in February of 2019, said in a statement at the time that they had faced a difficult retail environment and other challenges as the company worked hard to position Transformco for success by focusing on their competitive strengths and pruning operations that have struggled due to increased competition and other factors. To support the initiatives, the owners and a third-party investor had provided the company approximately $250 million in new capital. As part of the process, they made the difficult but necessary decision to streamline their operations and close a combined 96 Sears and Kmart stores. The going-out-of-business sales at those initial 96 locations began around the first week of December 2019 and were supposed to be completed around February of 2020, leaving 182 stores in operation.
Skagit Breaking Investigated the possibility of the Burlington Kmart store closing after observing “sign spinners” on Burlington Boulevard that had similar signs to the ones the “Sign Spinners” were holding for the “going-out-of-business” sale being held down the street at the Burlington Macy’s Store inside the Cascade Mall Building. After speaking with employees inside the Kmart store, who asked not to be identified because they were not allowed to speak to the media, we were told the employees were officially notified on February 4th that the Burlington Store is slated to close their doors for good in mid-April.
USA Today announced they have found liquidation sales at Kmart and Sears stores that are slated to continue into March and mid April at dozens of stores across the nation. Transformco company spokesman, Larry Costello declined to comment and did not confirm the accuracy of the list that USA TODAY had previously compiled using local media reports, job postings for positions at closing stores and state layoff notices, according to the USA Today article.
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Transformco has announced additional closings since their initial November 2019 press release, but an updated “official closing list” has not been published on their website. The company did not return a phone call to Skagit Breaking about the Burlington Store Location.
Kmart and Sears stores have closed more that 3,500 stores nationwide in the past 15-years, resulting in the loss of over 250,000 jobs. The Burlington Kmart store located at 1550 South Burlington Boulevard in Burlington, Washington is the only Kmart store listed on the USA Today list of stores closing in Washington State. In addition to the Burlington Kmart, USA Today lists another 13 Kmart stores closing in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. USA Today has also identified 25 additional Sears stores closing in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and Texas.
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