Sears to close another Middle Georgia store by spring

In this Nov. 9, 2012, photo, a Sears store is shown in Hialeah, Fla.
In this Nov. 9, 2012, photo, a Sears store is shown in Hialeah, Fla. AP File

UPDATED Jan. 5, 2017:

Five years after the Sears store at Macon Mall closed, the company is planning to close the Sears at the Houston County Galleria in early April and its auto center by late February.

Sears Holding made the announcement Thursday, saying in a news release that the company "continues its strategic assessment of the productivity of our Kmart and Sears store base and will continue to right size our store footprint in number and size."

Part of that process is to close some unprofitable stores.

The company announced in November it was closing the Kmart on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard in late January. It was one of 45 stores shutting down.

The company told employees Thursday at 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores that the company would be closing these stores between early March and early April this year, the release said.

Liquidation sales will begin as early as Friday at the closing stores.

Kate Hogan, director of economic development for the city Centerville said in an email Friday that the city had been preparing for Sears' closure.

"This is good news because we have the opportunity to reinvent this anchor store in turn reinvigorate Houston Galleria." Hogan said. "I am certain this closure is the start of something good for The Houston Galleria, Centerville and Middle Georgia and should be looked at as a positive for the community. There is an opportunity to make this anchor into Junior Anchors and we will work closely with the Mall Ownership to help in anyway we can in recruitment of new retail opportunities to this prime location on Watson."

Writer Linda S. Morris, 744-4223, @MidGaBiz