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Six Illinois Kmart stores closing by mid-December

Six Illinois Kmart stores closing by mid-December

Sears Holdings is closing six struggling Illinois Kmart stores by mid-December.

Kmarts in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Joliet, Springfield and Macomb, along with a Merrillville, Ind., store, are part of the latest batch of closings from Hoffman Estates-based Sears. Sears already has closed 58 Kmart stores and 22 U.S. Sears stores in the first two quarters of 2016, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, part of a push to cut costs and rely on its online business and membership program more than a big network of brick-and-mortar stores.

"We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and...