Sears at Great Lakes Mall to close

BREAKING: Sears Canada closing 59 locations including Red Deer

The Sears logo is seen on the side of a store March 24, 2005 in San Bruno, California.

Two Sears and Sears Auto Center locations in Northeast Ohio will close their doors in what the company is calling "a hard, but necessary decision".

Sears Holdings, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, has already announced more than 200 closures since the beginning of the year.

The store at Skyview Power Centre, 13304 137 Ave., will be one of the 15 Sears Home stores closing in Canada.

"We are making the hard, but necessary decision to close" the Sears and Sears Auto Center in on Shawan Road, and Sears in Hagerstown, Howard Riefs, a Sears spokesman, said in an email Friday.

The 20 closings bring the company's total so far this year to 236, or roughly 17% of the stores it had in January.

Sears is the last department store in Springfield's Eastfield Mall.

Sears acknowledged in March that there was "substantial doubt" it would survive on its own, though the company said its cost-cutting maneuvers and other retail strategies would greatly improve its chances of carrying on.

"However, to achieve that goal and to right-size its business, the Sears Canada Group anticipates that a number of stores will have to be closed, operating costs reduced, business lines exited, and head count reductions implemented", Sears Canada said in documents filed with the court.

Seritage is a real estate company that was created by Lampert in 2015 in order to buy Sears Holdings properties and then lease them back to the retailer to free up cash. CEO Eddie Lampert has since blasted critics and said Sears is "fighting like hell".

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