June 8, 2018

Sears to close Waterbury store

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
A Sears storefront.

Sears Holdings Corp. said it will close its store in Waterbury's Brass Mill Center in early September, part the struggling retailer's plan to shutter dozens of underperforming locations around the country.

The company notified employees of the decision on Wednesday. The Sears Auto Center in Waterbury will remain open, the company said.

Sears did not include the Waterbury store on an original list of 63 Sears and Kmart closings released May 31, but added it this week along with four others in Nebraska and Louisiana.

The closure, currently the only one planned for Connecticut, is part of an effort to streamline operations and focus on the best-performing stores, a Sears spokesman said.

"We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which are a critical component in our transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed and as warranted," Sears said in a statement.

Affected employees will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for openings at other Sears or Kmart stores, the spokesman said. The number of affected Waterbury workers was not immediately available.

Liquidation sales will begin as early as June 22.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com

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