After almost 100 years, it is over for Sears in the Cincinnati area.
The company will be closing its last remaining store, the Sears in the Eastgate Mall, this fall, according to reports in the International Business Timesand USA Today (Sears no longer announces store closings publicly).
It opened its first Cincinnati store, on Reading Road in Avondale/Corryville in 1929, according to historical reports.
This follows the news this past weekend that Sears-Kmart will be closing its last two Kmart stores in the region, in Harrison, Ohio and Erlanger, KY.
Shoppers hoped one store would remain
Last year, Sears closed all its other stores in the Cincinnati area, including its Northgate Mall, Tri-County Mall, Dayton Mall, and Florence Mall locations.
It had kept the Eastgate store open, as it was the only major department store within easy driving distance to people living in Clermont, Brown, and Adams county. Of all the Sears stores in the region, it had the strongest sales.
But even drawing shoppers from multiple counties was not enough to keep it going. With no other Sears left in the Cincinnati market, the company had no other stores with which to share delivery and advertising costs.
Employees are telling customers that they expect the Eastgate store to start liquidation sales in the next two weeks, with closing sometime in December.
By Christmas, Sears and Kmart -- two chains that sold appliances, clothing, and toys to generations of Cincinnati shoppers -- will be gone from the region for good.
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