HIGH POINT — Sears Holdings is closing four of its North Carolina stores.
Thursday, the company released a partial list that includes 79 of about 120 planned closings. According to the company website, a typical sears store employs anywhere from 40-80 people, which means even at a minimum more than 100 people will likely be out of a job in North Carolina.
The company plans to close 120 stores nationwide. Company leaders said the closures are an effort to get out of the red. Customers however, are unhappy with the news.
“I'm very upset about this because we come here all of the time to buy appliances, anything. We love Sears and this is just heartbreaking,” said shopper Evelyn Atkinson.
Some of the closures in North Carolina include:
• High Point
• Morehead City
• Rocky Mount
Other consumers said they are not surprised by the store closings and say the story is in need of an upgrade.
“There a great chain and all but they seem to be a bit behind the times as far as what they carry,” said shopper Tammy Cooper.
The company made a big push during the holidays, with sales and other deep discounts. Executives also turned to new brands like the Kardashian Kollection and UK Style in hopes of increasing its customer base.
However, they have not done enough to get the company out of the red and keep it out of the red.