Kmart to lay off nearly 150 workers in Ohio, including 73 in Dayton

Nearly 150 Kmart workers will lose their jobs as the result of store closures this year, and more than 73 workers in Dayton will be impacted.

The retailer announced store closures earlier this month that it would close an additional 43 Sears and Kmart stores within the year. The latest round of closures includes the Kmart store at 601 Woodman Drive, which was the last location in the area. Kmart will also close a store located at 4480 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek this month.

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Approximately 73 workers in the Dayton area will lose their jobs, according to a WARN notice sent to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The Dayton Daily News is working to obtain more information about the timeline for layoffs and store closures in the area.

Kmart will also lay off 76 employees in Toledo, where one store will close permanently in late September.

“This is part of a strategy both to address losses from unprofitable stores and to reduce the square footage of other stores because many of them are simply too big for our current needs,” Sears Chief Executive Eddie Lampert said in a blog post on the closures.

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Sears Holdings lost $2.2 billion in sales in 2016. In late March, the company issues a somber message and officials said there is “substantial doubt” that Kmart and Sears can continue to survive. The ominous warning came in an annual report filed with the Security and Exchange Commission.


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