Sears Closing Store at Eastdale Mall in Montgomery
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Sears will be closing its store and auto center at Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, Alabama News Network has confirmed. The department store and auto center will close June 26, according to David Hagood, marketing director for Eastdale Mall.
“This is not a great surprise,” Hagood told Alabama News Network. “Sears has been closing hundreds of stores nationwide,” he said.
“Store closures are part of a series of actions they’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust asset bases and accelerate the transformation of the business model,” Howard Riefs, the corporate communications director for Sears Holdings told Alabama News Network in a statement.
Hagood says the mall is looking forward to finding a new merchant to replace Sears as an anchor store at the mall, which also has Belk, Dillard’s and JCPenney as its other anchors.
As for what that could be, customers say they have some ideas of what they’d like to see come to Montgomery.
Jessica Williams says, “I’d like to say a VANS store. You have to go to Birmingham to even shop at one. We have Journeys here but it’s not the same.”
Jennifer Caraway says, “I’d like to see something like a Surf Style, like they have close to the beach because I like their clothing.”
Tracey Gibson says, “Definitely a Macy’s. They usually have good shoes sales and bags…. Macy’s.”
The Sears store and auto center have a total of 56 employees. Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores, Riefs said.
Sears has been at Eastdale Mall since 1984. The mall itself opened in 1977.