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Kmart and Sears staying open

The Plattsburgh stores avoided a list of 79 stores closing across the country

Sears and Kmart merged in 2005. The company plans to close 100 to 120 stores nationwide and recently released a list of 79 closures.

Sears and Kmart merged in 2005. The company plans to close 100 to 120 stores nationwide and recently released a list of 79 closures. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— The projected closings represent roughly 3 percent of Sears Holdings’ U.S. stores. The merged company has about 3,560 stores in the United States.

In addition to the specific store closures, the company plans to carefully evaluate store performance going forward. The company will no longer adhere to the practice of keeping marginally performing stores open while working to improve their performance.

Instead, the company will focus resources on better performing stores.

LaPine hopes the Plattsburgh Kmart remains open. She goes there about once a week to shop.

“I like the store, and it would bother me if it closed,” she said. “It has been here a long time, and is a store we have depended on for years.”

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