Sears is closing 30 more stores -- is yours on the list?

Sears is closing 30 more stores -- is yours on the list?

Sears is closing at least 21 additional stores. That comes on top of 150 store closings the struggling retailer announced in January.

Sears Holdings, which wasn't shy when it announced at the start of the year that it is closing 150 underperforming stores, has quietly added at least 30 more to the list.

Another 12 Sears stores and 18 Kmarts are among the locations that are closing, from Carson, Calif., to Hialeah, Fla., with most scheduled to shut their doors in July, based on calls to the stores, malls and confirmation in local media.

At the start of the year, the retailer pinpointed the 150 stores it said it would close. But it declined this week to provide a list of additional locations that are slated to shut since then, saying that it update store counts each quarter.

A spokesman for the troubled chain has made no secret of its plans to close additional stores.

“At the beginning of the year we said we would continue to strategically and aggressively evaluate our store space and productivity, and accelerate the closing of some unprofitable stores,’’ said Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs in a statement. When the company reported quarterly results in March, it noted "that we will continue to accelerate our focus on our best stores, best categories and best members.’’

Sears, a retail stalwart, has been struggling alongside other traditional retailers like Macy’s and J.C. Penney who are trying to come up with a new formula to appeal to shoppers that increasingly bypass the mall to browse and buy online from Amazon and others.

One analyst says Sears' store closings, along with those its rivals, will create an opportunity for other chains that might want to swoop in.

"Market share will be up for grabs. As Sears closes stores...there will be market share for department stores to take advantage of. However, we do note that Amazon is, of course, a worthy contender for capturing the majority of this share," wrote Oliver Chen of Cowan and Co. in a note to investors.

Sears continues to operate about 1,400 stores. It says it has been revitalizing its stronger stores and adding more branded apparel and new ways of promoting discounted items.

Sears’ financial difficulties are particularly deep. It hasn’t turned a profit since 2010, and it reported more than $2.2 billion in losses last year. To turn the company around, it has been closing stores, often selling off the real estate, as well as borrowing money and putting some of its vaunted brands up for sale.

The closing of stores without an announcement is "a bit unusual," says retail analyst Neil Saunders of GlobalData. "Investors like to know if there are big movements."

But Sears knows it is under a microscope right now when it comes to store closings. Closures are "something they tried to manage quite carefully becasue they don't raise speculation," Saunders said.

Here are the additional locations:

803 Martin Street S., Pell City, Alabama

2222 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, California 
1460 W. 49th St., Hialeah, Florida .
424 Dairy Road, Kahului, Hawaii  
715 W US Highway 30, Carroll, Iowa 
2660 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, New York 
950 Ridge Road, Webster, New York
4480 Indian Ripple Road, Dayton, Ohio
1 Millbrook Plaza Lane, Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
300 Lincoln Ave, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
176 W Street Road, Feasterville, Pennsylvania 
1011 Scranton Carbondale Hwy., Scranton, Pennsylvania 
1801 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia
494 Elden St., Herndon, Virginia 
17911 Pacific Ave., S. Spanaway, Washington 
1837 Street Road, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
16881 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pennsylvania
33400 W. Seven Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan

South Bay Pavilion, 20700 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson, California

Westfield UTC, 4575 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, California
4250 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
290 Providence Highway, Dedham, Massachusetts
Northwoods Mall, 7801 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, South Carolina   
Aventura Mall, 19505 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Florida
Valley View Mall, 13131 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 
3199 N White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, New Mexico
Monroe Crossing Mall, 2115 Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, North Carolina 
273 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California 
5415 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, Missouri 
Provo Towne Centre, 1200 Towne Centre, Provo, Utah 

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