Sears Holdings is confirming it’s closing a handful of Kmart stores across the country by mid-April as it continues to trim its ailing fleet.
Howard Riefs, a spokesman for the Hoffman Estates-based parent, which also operates Sears stores, declined to give a number or offer how many people would be affected, but he said that the number of store closures is consistent with a year ago.
In a statement Wednesday, Riefs described the closures as a “very small percentage” of its overall store base. He noted that liquidation sales will begin later this week.
Sears said Thursday only a Kmart in downstate Canton is expected to close in Illinois.