Brooklyn Center Sears to Close in September
The Brooklyn Center Sears store — located at the former Brookdale mall since the shopping center was first built — will close in September. Sears announced the closing Wednesday. The Brooklyn Center store is one of 63 unprofitable Sears and Kmart stores scheduled to close in early September.
University of Minnesota Marketing Professor George John says Sears has been on a long decline. He says they were challenged by discounters like Walmart and Target, and more recently, internet retailers. John says Sears was not nimble enough to keep up.
Brooklyn Center Sears Closing “Sad News”
One Sears shopper says the closing is sad news.
“I really don’t like it,” said Occancia Adams. “I didn’t know that one was still open. That’s why I’m here at K&G shopping for suits instead of at Sears. It’s a bummer.”
Adams added, “Stuff like my patio furniture and tennis shoes things like that, that’s what’s cheaper for me if I went to Sears and used my credit card.”
Sears says liquidation sales will start in mid-June. Workers will be offered severance and can apply for positions at other Sears or Kmart stores.
Remaining Sears stores in the Twin Cities include the Mall of America store, the store at Ridgedale in Minnetonka and a store in St. Paul.