Sears to close dozens of stores including one in St. George

Sears will reportedly close its store and auto center in St. George, probably in September. Undated. | Stock image, St. George News

Sears is planning to close 72 more stores, according to Business Insider. Two of the locations are in Utah, including the store and auto center in St. George at the Red Cliffs mall.

Business insider says, according to the internal list released Tuesday, that 16 Sears stores, 49 Kmart stores and seven auto centers will close in September.

The list shows a Sears store and auto center in St. George and a Kmart in Spanish Fork will close

The closures will bring Sears’ store count to about 1,200, down from 2,073 five years ago, Business Insider said.

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  • comments June 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    It sure is a slow death for sears and kmart. I used to really like both stores, but the quality of products has just kept falling over the years. Now they’re both just stores full of junk with not so great prices, and there’s not really any reason to shop there anymore. Craftsman tools have gotten so junky that the china and taiwan products from other stores are usually better quality, and ofc craftsman is mostly china stuff also. I knew when they sent their mechanic tools to full china production it would be game over for craftsman quality.

    I was hoping both stores could come up with a business model that works, because competition among retailers is always better for consumers, but for sears and kmart i think it’s just too late. RIP

    • DB June 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      I like your comment, Comments, well said. The only catch was that each time you said ‘Kmart’ or ‘Sears’, my brain was thinking ‘WalMart’. Twenty or so years from now, we’ll see.

  • jvelo June 6, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Only been there a few times in the last 2 years.
    We do always think of it first though, when we need a new large appliance. Great selection and good sales.
    But compared to the Sears we’ve gone to back east, it’s a SAD store – only 1 level where most malls have 2 story Sears.
    And the same with Penneys – small stores compared to elsewhere. Sears is not even open on Sundays like the rest of the mall.
    Glad to see the Kmart is still open. Still like Kmart and it’s a good location.

  • The Dude June 6, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Bummer dude. When they close Sears, I will only have Kmart and Rite Aid when need my flashback to the 90’s shopping experience.

  • Caveat_Emptor June 7, 2017 at 8:14 am

    With a garage full of Craftsman tools, and tool boxes, it is unfortunate, but inevitable.
    The most attractive features were typically a fair price (when on sale), and the lifetime guarantee.
    The brand will survive through Stanley Black & Decker, but the lifetime guarantee may not be honored in the future.
    Kenmore was typically price and feature competitive, but in a crowded field did not distinguish itself.
    Some of us remember Montgomery Ward, and Sears, catalogs, in the days before the internet……..
    There are plenty of “showrooming” places to check out future purchases in person, then order on-line after identifying the model #, etc.
    All eyes are on Wal-Mart as it tries to figure out how to improve its web presence, and still extract value from its brick and mortar network.

  • mmsandie June 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I,m usually the only one in K mart which is once every 2 months. Only 1 register open and no one else in the store.. Sears is just a thorn in the side of the mall.. I like the appliances but then again you only buy those once every 15-20 yrs..I hope the mall gets a good anchor store…people have yo realize most people are shoppjng on line, with free delivery do you don,t fight traffic, if get robbed of car jacked..

  • DRT June 7, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Sears top management started going down hill in the late 70’s – early 80’s. They have just continued on their downward spiral. Don’t know if they’ve all been dopers, insane, or just plain stupid!
    But they stopped listening to their customers decades ago, and people have voted with their feet. We were actually excited to get a “real” Sears store here. And then it turned out to be a tiny store that couldn’t possibly carry enough variety to serve Dixie.
    We were better off with the old franchise store on Blvd.
    They dropped their catalogue stores, and now, instead of getting on the internet band wagon, they are wringing their hands and whining “work is me.” The only sympathy I have is for the local management and employees. They’ve had absolutely no say in the way their store is run.

  • Mike Carter June 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

    The entire Red Cliffs mall is a joke. Stores come and go like a swap meet, this has been a long time coming with Sears. That store is old and stale, Penny’s is next. Why is it that St George can fetch 146 a square foot on homes but can’t provide decent shopping or restaurants??

    • desertgirl June 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      The main problem is that people don’t go to the mall here in sunny St George. I’ve been telling people since moving here a few years ago: if you want quality stores you have to go shopping. Period. No business is going to land at the mall knowing the stats.

  • livebeyond June 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    thier customer service sucks !!!!!!!

    • comments June 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      very true. They’re a dying company and operate the store on a “skeleton crew”. Never enough staff and pinching every nickel. This is why they’re closed sundays now, and the staff knowing the job is now only a temp job has no motivation for pleasing the customer. It is a bit sad.

  • comments June 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I was using some of my craftsman wrenches just yesterday. They were the good ones made before craftsman all became china throwaways. They were far and away the best bang for the buck. They weren’t the very best but they were awesome and built to last, and they have(had?) the lifetime guarantee, but they were built so well you’d only need it if you were a pro mechanic and actually wore out tools. Of course we live in a time now where near everything is throwaway quality only made to last a few years or to just get thru the warranty. Disposable society, what can ya do. I must be gettin’ old, lol. Might be better if sears just liquidated their whole operation and didn’t just slowly hemorrhage themselves into nonexistence. Go out with a bang not a whimper, lol 😉

  • desertgirl June 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    There will be no mall sooner rather than later if people don’t get off their duffs and do some shopping. Not just here but everywhere. Believe me all the free shippings deals will disappear once the brick and mortars are gone. No way to try anything on or see the quality of big items. Return shipping is going to be a mother.

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