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Sears to close one Kansas store

Sears Holdings Corp. is closing one store in Kansas after it announced it plans to close dozens of stores across the country.

Sears Holdings identified its Sears department store at 1781 SW Wanamaker Road in Topeka as one of its Sears and Kmart stores where the company "will begin store closing sales in the near future."

The Topeka closing leaves Wichita as the only Kansas city with a traditional Sears department store.

The Chicago-based company is closing 57 Sears department and specialty stores, and 15 Kmarts.

"We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which are a critical component in our transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed and as warranted," Sears Holdings said in a news release.

No other Kansas stores are on Thursday's closing list.

Sixty-three of the 72 stores will close in early September, the company said. Liquidation sales at the affected stores are expected to begin as early as June.

The announcement of more closings follows its first quarter earnings report Thursday, in which the company reported a $424 million loss on revenue of $2.9 billion in the quarter ended May 5.

The most recent round of closings will leave the company with 594 Sears department and specialty stores, and 609 Kmarts, according to the company.

Nearly four years ago Sears Holdings closed its Sears department store at Towne West, 4600 W. Kellogg. And earlier this year the company closed its last Kmart in Wichita.

Sears Holdings continues to operate at Sears department store at Towne East Square at 7200 E. Kellogg and a Sears Hometown Store inside Towne West.

It also has Hometown Stores in 16 other Kansas cities.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark
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