Lafayette Kmart to close in mid-December

The Kmart in Lafayette is among locations that parent company Sears Holdings will close later this year. (WLFI Photo)
The Kmart in Lafayette is among locations that parent company Sears Holdings will close later this year. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette Kmart will close its door in mid-December. Corporate officials said it was a difficult but necessary decision.

Howard Riefs, corporate communications director for Sears Holdings — Kmart’s parent company, tells News 18 in a statement the company has been strategically and aggressively evaluating its locations and are accelerating the closing of unprofitable stores.

Rief confirmed the Kmart store at 3530 State Road 38 East in Lafayette will close to the public in mid-December. He said the store will remain open until then.

Teeshawn Lewis said she and her whole family shop there. Lewis said she’s not looking forward to having to switch stores.

“This is my best retail store and now I have to go look around and see where I can find my basic households, and I pay bills here, money orders,” Lewis said. “A lot of the convenience that Kmart offers I feel will be inconvenient, and I’m a little saddened.”

The store is set to begin its liquidation sale Thursday, Sept. 22.

The following is the full statement released by Sears Holdings:

“We can confirm that we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Kmart store at 3530 State Road 38 East in Lafayette. The store will close to the public in mid-December. It’s important for you to know that until then, the store will remain open for customers. The store will begin its liquidation sale on September 22.

We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and are accelerating the closing of unprofitable stores as we have previously announced.

We often hear from our members who are disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors. As a result, we hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store by maintaining our relationships with the members who shopped this location. Our members and customers can also shop at our other Kmart locations, which are listed here.”

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