Kmart out: Latest round of closings targets Harlingen store

HARLINGEN — The Kmart at 1129 Morgan Boulevard, which sidestepped a round of company closings earlier this year that shuttered a Brownsville store, will soon be going out of business.

A company spokesman and local employees said yesterday the store will shut down by mid-December.

“We can confirm that we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Kmart store at 1129 Morgan Boulevard, Harlingen,” said company spokesman Howard Riefs via email.

“The store will close to the public in mid-December. It’s important for you to know that until then, the store will remain open for customers,” Riefs said. “The store will begin its liquidation sale on Sept. 22.”

The Harlingen Kmart, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp., this year received a $100,000 company renovation, a level of investment some thought might save the location from inclusion on any future closure list.

The end of the Harlingen Kmart location is one of 64 such closings nationwide. Kmarts in Lubbock and Abilene also are on the list.

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