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Portune: Closure of Sears, Toys ‘R' Us are ‘major losses'

Posted at 5:19 PM, Jan 24, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Richard Schroeder said he’ll be sad to see the Western Hills Sears close. 

Schroeder, a Delhi resident, says he’s been shopping at the store for decades 

“A lot of people are going to miss it,” Schroeder said. “Including myself big time. I come here, they have good products, fair prices, reliable … backbone of my shopping. My house has all kinds of Sears stuff in it.”

Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart, announced earlier this month they’d be closing 39 Sears locations. Toys ‘R’ Us, another West Side staple, announced the Glenway Avenue location is one of 182 stores the company is closing across the country. 

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said he was disappointed to hear the two West Side “anchors” are closing. 

“We’ll engage the city and see how collectively we can help to find new tenants to come in there,” Portune said. “I think that’s everybody’s first desire, and first reaction.”

Both stores have a large footprint, Portune said, and they’ll look for an opportunity for replacements. 

“We’ll of course want to see something fill in those places,” Portune said. 

Sears and Toys ‘R’ Us join two Tri-State Sam’s Clubs in recent closures; The Loveland store on Fields-Ertel Road and the Oakley store on Marburg Avenue both permanently closed Jan. 11.