Sears, Kmart still safe in Harlingen

HARLINGEN – The announced closure of the Kmart on Pablo Kisel Boulevard in Brownsville will have no effect on the Kmart or the Sears stores here.

That was the word yesterday from Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings Corp., parent company of Sears and Kmart.

Sears announced earlier this year that approximately 50 stores, mostly Kmarts but some Sears outlets, would be shut down this year due to declining sales.

No list of those stores has been released, but it is now apparent the Brownsville Kmart is on it.

It was unclear how many employees at the store would be affected by the closing.

Sears announced last month the Kmart in Mission would close.

Riefs said yesterday there are no plans to close the Harlingen Kmart at 1129 Morgan Blvd. or the Sears store at Valle Vista Mall.

Sears continues to try to stem losses by closing underperforming stores.

Sears reported a loss of $580 million, or $5.44 per share, for the last quarter of 2015.

Those numbers reflected a lackluster holiday season for the retailer.

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