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Sears closing stores

The Sears store at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters is one of the last in the area still open, seen Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com

The last full-line Sears store in the St. Louis area, at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters, is scheduled to close.

The chain's parent company said Wednesday that it will close 26 Sears and Kmart stores, including the Mid Rivers store and another Sears in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in late October. Liquidation sales will start about Aug. 15.

The notice said the retailer "cannot rule out additional store closures in the near term."

A map on Sears' website shows three locations remaining in the St. Louis area: appliance outlet stores in Fairview Heights and Fenton and an authorized Sears Hometown dealer in Waterloo.