Sears at Magic Valley Mall to close in April

A rendering shows a proposed development in Hicksville

A rendering shows a proposed development in Hicksville

That's the word from parent company Sears Holdings, which released a list Thursday of 39 Sears stores and 56 Kmart stores the company is closing later this year.

Thursday's announcement follows the closure of the Sears store at the Cranberry Mall last October and the imminent closing of the Kmart location at the Clarion Mall.

Bot stores are expected to close in early April.

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"It is sad to see the employees of these stores lose their jobs", he said. "I am excited to work with them".

Ross Township Commission President Stephen Korbel shares the same sentiments.

Sears was once America's largest retailer in the United States, but the company has already cut the number of stores it operates to under 1,100, or only about half the 2,019 stores it operated in 2012.

However, he's confident the Sears closure won't set the local economy back.

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"Kmart's business model has not probably adapted to fulfill the opportunities that lay underneath its umbrella", said the mayor. It's a regional destination.

"Right now, there is nothing official and without anything official, we can't say anything", he said.

No word on what may occupy the old Sears space, but the new law allows more options. Click through to read about how the renovation changes the west end of the mall.

All stores on the list are slated to close in March or April, but Green Bay's Sears Auto Center will close sometime in February.

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The Sears store adjacent to the Crossroads Mall it Fort Dodge was closed in January 2015.

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