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Kmart closing stores in St. Louis, Alton and Granite City


Sears Holdings announced Wednesday it will close another 104 stores — 78 Kmart and 26 Sears stores — in the next few weeks.

Those closing are in addition to 46 store closings announced to employees two days after Christmas.

The casualties include three St. Louis area Kmart stores: 6650 Manchester Avenue in St. Louis, 2851 Belt Line Parkway in Alton, and 3655 Nameoki Road in Granite City.

Also in Missouri, Kmart stores in Branson, Rolla, Jefferson City and Springfield will close. Jefferson City and St. Joseph also will each lose a Sears store.

Liquidation sales will begin on Jan. 6 at some locations, the chain said Wednesday.

The company told employees on Dec. 27 of planned closings that affected 30 Kmart and 16 Sears stores. Word of that round of store closings was first reported by Business Insider based on employee sources.

That earlier round did not include locations in Missouri or Illinois, according to a list provided Wednesday by Sears Holdings.

"The decision to close stores is a difficult but necessary step as we take actions to strengthen the company’s operations and fund its transformation," Sears Holdings said in a statement. "Many of these stores have struggled with their financial performance for years and we have kept them open to maintain local jobs and in the hopes that they would turn around."

The Kmart store closings appear to leave only four in the immediate St. Louis area: one in Florissant, one in Crystal City, one in Belleville and one on Lemay Ferry Road in St. Louis, according to the chain's website

In 2011, the chain had more than a dozen stores in the area, according to Post-Dispatch files.

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Lisa Brown is Business Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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