Sears and Kmart closing 72 more stores, two in Columbus

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, file photo, shoppers walk into a Sears store in Pittsburgh. Sears said that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to remain in business. The company, which runs Kmart and its namesake stores, has struggled for years with weak sales. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Sears and Kmart will close 72 stores by September, according to reports.

Business Insider obtained a copy of the list, which includes the Eastland and Westland mall locations.

Most of the stores will close in September, Business Insider reported.

Earlier this year, the company announced it would be closing 78 Kmart stores and 26 Sears stores by spring. That round of closures included four central Ohio Kmart locations and two Sears stores.

In May, Sears reported its first quarterly profit in more than two years, even though same-store sales declined 11.9%. The profitable quarter was attributed to the sale of the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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