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Allentown Kmart going down with Sears bankruptcy announcement

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KMart (File photo)
KMart (File photo)

The Kmart store on South Fourth Street in Allentown made it through the last few rounds of store cuts, but now it is on the list of 142 store closures Sears has announced as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The company said in a release it plans to begin liquidation sales shortly and all stores on the list should be closed by the end of the year.

Sears Holdings, which operates both Sears and Kmart stores filed for bankruptcy early Monday morning, but said it does plan to keep profitable stores open along with the Sears and Kmart websites.

CNN reported that as of this morning about 700 stores remained open and the company employed 68,000 workers.

That, however, is down from 1,000 stores with 89,000 employees that it had as recently as February.

A number of stores in the Greater Lehigh Valley are staying open. They include a Kmart store on Parkside Avenue in Reading is not on the list of those closing, Sears store in the Whitehall Mall in Whitehall and a Sears store in the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

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