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Kmart keeps shrinking. Latest store closure news

Unsold trees lie in a parking lot near Kmart on Sixth Avenue in 2014. The store was part of the first wave of closures that now has reached the chain’s 72nd Street store, set to close in September.
Unsold trees lie in a parking lot near Kmart on Sixth Avenue in 2014. The store was part of the first wave of closures that now has reached the chain’s 72nd Street store, set to close in September. staff photographer

Say good-by to Kmart, Tacoma.

The store at 1414 72nd St. E. is set to close in mid-September.

Its liquidation sale started Thursday, Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings, said Friday in an email to The News Tribune.

In December, it was announced that the Tacoma Sixth Avenue Kmart was closing, and Spanaway’s Kmart closure was announced in April.

Parent company Sears Holdings this year has been accelerating store closures of unprofitable sites, according to Riefs.

“We understand that members may be disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors,” he wrote.

The number of layoffs reported for the store totaled 67, according to a state employment services notification.

News Tribune archives contributed to this report.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell

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