Local Kmart Stores Closing in February

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It's the end of the line for Kmarts in our area and around the country.

Kmarts like the one near Wilkes-Barre are slated to close in February.

That announcement was just made.

The company that owns Kmart also owns Sears and is closing 96 Sears and Kmarts nationwide. Those closures will start on December 2, 2019.

The locations on West Front Street in Berwick, East Third Street in Williamsport, and Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Township will close in February.

Signs at the Kmart in Wilkes-Barre Township indicate that shoppers won't be able to buy anything on layaway here any longer This Kmart is one of three in our area that will be closing.

"I'm very upset. It's so close and it's right on my way when I do my run in. I always stop here every Friday I'm here. I can't believe it. I'm really upset," Mary Lou McHugh said.

"I'm up here mostly every day," Tim Lettier said.

The next closest Kmart to the one in Wilkes-Barre Township is in Edwardsville, which is about five miles away.

The Kmart in Edwardsville is set to stay open. However, it has also seen its fair share of tough times. The store in Edwardsville flooded in 2011 and then reopened four months later.

People we spoke to were happy to see it return and relieved it will not be closing.

"Oh, yeah, it's been flooded multiple times and reopened, so apparently it does enough business to stay open and if they're not closing it, obviously it's a survivor," George Cheponis said.

Liquidation sales will start after Thanksgiving.

There's no word how many employees are affected.

Company officials say 182 Sears and Kmarts will remain open throughout the country.

Kmart closed stores back in 2017 because of slumping sales, including one in Dickson City, Lackawanna County.

9 comments

  • Jim Morgan

    Kmart is still way better on clothing prices and selection, Walmart is limiting selection and prices are 6 dollars higher !!!!

    • whopperplopper

      Amazon is guilty of causing this.
      Eddie Lampert has been raiding the til in LEGAL ways, filling his pockets.
      This was a loss leader for him. He knew what he was going to do when he bought it. He had no intention of making it a better company.
      It’s his personal piggy bank & he’s doing it legally.

  • savescrantonhistory

    The fact that federal regulators let the old CEO (Edward Lampert) of the former company (Sears Holdings) swoop in and buy what was left of it out of a possible bankruptcy says it all to me. They’re complicit in all of his shady dealings involving these companies. He’s slowly milking the two chains for all he can via each round of closures and giving himself a fat tax write-off every year with these ‘losses’.

    The most surprising part though is how the Edwardsville/Kingston Kmart is still open. The store was virtually underwater 8 years ago after the Susquehanna River flooded the plaza it’s in. Sears Holdings permanently shuttered a store with LESS severe flooding in Endicott, NY. After this round of closings there’s only 182 stores left between Kmart and Sears. Such a shame to see such a slow and prolonged demise for two chains that I bought so many deals from over the past 20+ years.

    • peatermoss

      Stores are closing when the leases are up, that’s what happened to the Moosic location, despite the fact that the Moosic store was still profitable.

    • lamestream r

      Doesn’t help when the CEO’S and upper management were reaping big pay checks and to offset those cost, the Business found its demise! Kmart should have never joined Sears and once that happened many years ago, it was the end of Kmart as we knew it!!!

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