Sears still is not saying when its Macon Mall store will close. But signs of the store’s imminent shuttering are showing up, and the mall’s owners say they expect it could close in April.
The Sears Auto Center, which has its own freestanding building, has already closed, shutting down Jan. 28. Signs posted at registers inform shoppers that because of the plans to close the store, layaways are no longer being accepted.
The Macon store, an original anchor tenant of the mall when it opened in 1976, is one of 121 Sears and Kmart stores the company plans to close this year.
A Sears Holdings spokeswoman said no information is being released other than what the company has already posted. That information identifies the stores targeted for closing but does not include dates.
“What we understand is that ought to be taking place in April,” said John Gibson, president of Hull Storey Gibson Cos., the mall’s owners, “but we don’t have anything definitive from them.”
Gibson was unaware of efforts by the company to market the property.
“Sears owns its own store, so I’m sure they’ll be doing something,” he said. “But, of course, we own the mall, and Macy’s owns its own store and Belk owns its own store, so I’m sure we’ll be having some conversations.”
A Sears store typically employs between 40 and 80 people, the company said on its website.