Feb 9, 2014

Local K-Mart store to close in mid-May

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – Staples, expected to close this month, is not the only retailer pulling out of Greenville. K-Mart recently announced it will be closing its Greenville store. The store will begin its liquidation on Feb. 23 and will close permanently in mid-May. “The announcement came as much as a surprise to us as it did to the management,” said Mayor Michael Bowers. Neither the city nor the Darke County Commissioners were contact prior to the announcement. The city receives income tax money from employees and Darke County receives sales tax money from the store.

A press release issued by the company stated, “This store is being closed because the lease was not renewed. Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model.” Bowers added to the statement by noting K-Mart’s public relations officials informed him “it was a bit of an under-performing store.”

K-Mart believes these actions will better enable them to focus their investments on serving their customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home.

Sixty-one area residents are directly affected by the announcement. K-Mart officials stated, “Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.” Most of the associates are part time/hourly.

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