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Originally Published: Oct 15, 2018
Originally Published: Oct 15, 2018 Last Updated: Oct 15, 2018 11 min read
Sears Closing
The last remaining Sears store in Chicago is seen on May 13, 2018 in the Portage Park neighborhood, in Chicago.
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The long-predicted Sears bankruptcy is finally here. On Monday, Sears Holdings announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an attempt to restructure the company and save the troubled retailer from oblivion.

Shoppers can expect more Sears store closures, as well as liquidation sales, in brick-and-mortar locations around the country: Sears, which owns its flagship brand and Kmart, says it will be closing an additional 142 stores by the end of the year.

Which Sears Stores Are Closing?

The company has announced so many different store closures and liquidation sales in 2018 that it's been difficult to keep an official Sears store closing list.

Early in 2018, Sears Holdings said that it would close 166 stores this year. In May, the company said it had identified 100 more unprofitable stores in the U.S. and would close 72 of them in the near future. Sears then tweaked those plans and said it would shut down "only" 63 locations, including 48 Sears store closures and 15 Kmart store closures. Yet another list was released at the end of August — this one announcing liquidation sales at 46 Sears stores, starting immediately.

On Monday Sears announced it will be closing an additional 142 stores by the end of the year. Since originally publishing this story, we have updated it with a full list of the new store closures below.

How many Sears stores are there now, and how many will still be in business by the end of 2018? It’s hard to keep an accurate tally. According to Business Insider, there were 866 Kmart and Sears stores still open as of September 13, down from nearly 2,000 stores five years ago.

When Do Sears Liquidation Sales Start? Are There Good Deals?

Sears liquidation sales are already well underway at dozens of stores around the country. Liquidation sales are expected to be completed at 46 stores by the end of November 2018.

As for the 142 new store closures announced this week, Sears says, "Liquidation sales at these stores are expected to begin shortly."

Shoppers should be warned, however, that these stores aren't overflowing with amazing deals. In general, shoppers can expect decent to mediocre discounting at Sears stores set to be closed, with some excellent bargains mixed in here and there. Like we saw with the liquidation sales at Toys "R" Us stores earlier this year, retailers tend to offer small markdowns at the start of store liquidation sales, and then ramp up discounts as the weeks go by.

At one Sears store liquidation sale a Money staffer visited recently, most clothes and shoes were 50% off regular prices. Tools were more likely to see discounts of 10% to 20% off, while most lawn mowers, snow blowers, home appliances, and other big-ticket items were discounted at roughly 30% to 40%.

These are decent discounts, but it's hard to tell what constitutes a true deal because regular prices at Sears and other department stores are so inflated nowadays. In many cases, the Sears liquidation sale prices are along the lines of what shoppers have seen regularly in weekly circulars and special sales events. In one study from 2015, analysts said that the average discounts on Black Friday at Kmart and Sears were 50% and 42%, respectively.

The one major upside at Sears liquidation sales is that absolutely everything in stores is marked down. Whereas with weekly sales and even events like Black Friday, shoppers have to sift through full-price merchandise to find the deals, Sears liquidation sales feature across-the-board discounts on all items — and even the store fixtures are on sale.

So if there's something you've been wanting to buy at Sears or Kmart — Craftsman tools, Kenmore appliances, Levi's jeans, Timberland boots, and so on — now's the time to check out the liquidation sale if there's a store closing in your area. You're guaranteed to get a discount, if not a rock-bottom price.

Full List of New Sears Store Closures

According to USA Today, Sears Holdings' court filings this week announced that the following Kmart and Sears stores are set to close in 2018, with liquidation sales starting very soon:

Sears, 1001 Rainbow Dr, Gadsden

Sears, 2250 El Mercado Loop, Sierra Vista
Sears, 3150 S 4Th Ave, Yuma
Sears, 6515 E Southern Ave, Mesa/East
Sears, 7611 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix-Desert Sky
Sears, 3177 Chandler Village Dr, Chandler

Kmart, 2821 East Main St, Russellville

Kmart, 215 W Hanford/Armona Rd, Lemoore
Kmart, 1351 E Hatch Rd, Modesto
Kmart, 375 E Alessandro Blvd, Riverside
Kmart, 3247 W Noble Ave, Visalia
Kmart, 912 County Line Rd, Delano
Kmart, 2530 S Euclid Ave, Ontario
Kmart, 3968-A Missouri Flat Road, Placerville
Sears, 1700 Stoneridge Dr, Pleasanton
Sears, 100 Santa Rosa Plz, Santa Rosa
Sears, 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa
Sears, 1011 W Olive Ave, Merced
Sears, 5901 Florin Rd, Florin
Sears, 3751 S Dogwood Ave, El Centro
Sears, 100 Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto
Sears, 100 Los Cerritos Mall, Cerritos
Sears, 1401 N Montebello Blvd, Montebello
Sears, 3001 Ming Ave, Bakersfield

Sears, 10785 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood
Sears, 7001 S University Blvd, Centennial

Sears, 1201 Boston Post Rd Sp 2095, Milford
Sears, 850 Hartford Tnpk, Waterford

Kmart, 900 N W 76 Boulevard, Gainesville
Kmart, 12350 Sw 8th Street, Miami
Sears, 733 N Highway 231, Panama City
Sears, 300 Mary Esther Blvd, Mry Est/Ft Wltn Bch
Sears, 1050 S Babcock St, Melbourne
Sears, 3800 Us Highway 98 N Ste 500, Lakeland
Sears, 303 Us Hwy 301 Blvd W, Bradenton
Sears, 3100 Sw College Rd Ste 300, Ocala

Kmart, 400 Crosstown Road, Peachtree City
Kmart, 6239 Turner Lake Road, Covington

Sears, 460 N Milwaukee St, Boise

Kmart, 3701 Broadway St, Quincy
Kmart, 4210 N Harlem Ave, Norridge
Kmart, 5000 23Rd Ave, Moline
Sears, 3340 Mall Loop Dr, Joliet

Kmart, 430 W Ridge Rd, Griffith
Kmart, 723 3rd Ave, Jasper
Sears, 1251 US Highway 31 N, Greenwood
Sears, 6780 W Washington St, Indianapolis
Sears, 3401 S Us Highway 41, Terre Haute

Kmart, 2803 E Kanesville Blvd, Council Bluffs
Kmart, 1111 N 2nd, Cherokee
Kmart, 2307 Superior, Webster City

Kmart, 400 South Broadway, Salina
Kmart, 7836 State Ave, Kansas City

Kmart, 600 C W Stevens Blvd, Grayson
Kmart, Northridge S/C Us Hwy 127, Russell Springs
Sears, 4807 Outer Loop, Louisville-Okolona
Sears, 2625 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green

Kmart, 7000 Veterans Memorial, Metairie

Kmart, 417 Main Street, Madawaska

Kmart, 835 Solomons Island Rd N, Prince Frederick
Kmart, 6163 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill
Sears, 15700 Emerald Way, Bowie
Sears, 400 N Center St, Westminster
Sears, 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

Sears, 1235 Worcester Rd, Natick

Kmart, 06600 M-66, North Charlevoix
Kmart, 1025 M-24, Lake Orion
Sears, 900 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor
Sears, 2100 Southfield Rd, Lincoln Park

Sears, 425 Rice St, St. Paul
Sears, 12431 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka

Kmart, 2901-5 N Belt Hwy, St. Joseph
Kmart, 7100 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City
Kmart, 1 Flower Valley Shp Ctr, Florissant

Sears, 1245 W Warm Springs Rd, Henderson

New Hampshire
Sears, 50 Fox Run Rd Ste 74, Portsmouth

New Jersey
Kmart, 779 Delsea Dr, N Glassboro
Sears, 1500 Highway 35, Middletown
Sears, 1750 Deptford Center Rd, Deptford

New Mexico
Sears, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE Ste 700, Coronado

New York
Kmart, 987 Route 6, Mahopac
Kmart, 8363 Lewiston Road, Batavia
Kmart, 2590 Military Rd, Niagara Falls
Kmart, 349 Orchard Park Rd, West Seneca
Kmart, 93 West Campbell Rd, Schenectady
Sears, 75 W Route 59 Ste 100, Nanuet
Sears, 1111 Franklin Ave, Garden City
Sears, 600 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Hts
Sears, Rt 394 & Hunt Blvd, Lakewood

North Carolina
Kmart, 1530 East Broad Street, Statesville
Kmart, 4500 Western Blvd, Raleigh
Kmart, 1001 Patton Ave, Asheville
Sears, 703 N Berkeley Blvd, Goldsboro
Sears, 400 Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville
Sears, 11033 Carolina Place Pkwy, Pineville

Kmart, 15891 State Rt 170 East, Liverpool
Kmart, 17840 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights
Sears, 5320 Youngstown Rd, Niles

Sears, 6929 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa Woodland Hls
Sears, 9800 SW Washington Square Rd, Washington Sq
Sears, 3201 W Main St, Norman

Kmart, 3955 S W Murray Blvd, Beaverton
Sears, 827 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem (Lancaster)

Kmart, 720 Clairton Blvd/Rte 51, Pleasant Hills
Kmart, 528 W Plank Road, Altoona
Kmart, 1502 South Fourth St, Allentown
Kmart, 1000 Nutt Rd, Phoenixville
Kmart, 1170 Mae Street, Hummelstown
Kmart, 100 Tarentum Rd, New Kensington
Kmart, 1180 Walnut Bottom Rd, Carlisle
Kmart, 3205 Lincoln Hwy, Thorndale
Kmart, 111 Hulst Dr, Ste 722, Matamoras
Sears, 880 Butler Street, Pittsburgh
Sears, 5522 Shaffer Rd Ste 129, Dubois
Sears, 100 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem/ Crnwls Hts
Sears, 2300 E Lincoln Hwy, Langhrn /Oxford Vly

South Carolina
Kmart, 129 West Butler Avenue, Mauldin
Kmart, 2302 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill

Kmart, 6909 Maynardville Pike NE, Knoxville
Sears, 7600H Kingston Pike, West Town
Sears, 2800 N Germantown Prkway, Cordova
Sears, 2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd, Clarksville
Sears, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd, Chattanooga

Sears, 7508 N Navarro St, Victoria
Sears, 2901 S Capitol Of Texas Hwy, Austin/Barton Creek
Sears, 3450 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Southwest Ctr
Sears, 2501 Irving Mall, Irving
Sears, 6301 NW Loop 410, Ingram
Sears, 1000 E 41st, Austin
Sears, 6002 Slide Rd, Lubbock
Sears, 2002 S Expy 83, Harlingen
Sears, 2605 Preston Rd, Frisco

Kmart, 6364 Springfield Plaza, Springfield
Kmart, 118 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg
Kmart, 2712 W Main St, Waynesboro
Sears, 100 Newmarket Fair Mall, Hampton

Kmart, 1001 E Sunset Drive, Bellingham
Sears, 3500 S Meridian Ste, 900 Puyallup

West Virginia
Kmart, 1701 4Th Ave W, Charleston
Sears, 9520 Mall Rd, Westover/Morgantown

Kmart, 4000 East 2nd Street, Casper
Sears, 701 SE Wyoming Blvd, Casper