Kmart in Warner Robins to close in October

wcrenshaw@macon.comJuly 9, 2014 

Shoppers enter and leave the Kmart on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins on Wednesday. The store, which opened in 1975, is closing in October.

WAYNE CRENSHAW — wcrenshaw@macon.com

WARNER ROBINS -- The city’s only Kmart is closing in October.

The store will begin its liquidation sale July 27 and will remain open until October, according to Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Kmart.

The store, located at 2063 Watson Boulevard, has been in operation since 1975.

“Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Riefs said in a released statement. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail -- at the store, online and in the home.”

The Warner Robins store has 77 employees, mostly part-time. Riefs said some are eligible for a severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Kmart or Sears stores.

Kmart and Sears have both been in decline for years and have struggled to keep pace with retail giants Wal-Mart and Target.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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