Facing liquidation, Sears says it will close 80 more stores, none in Michiana

Sears Department Store, Photo Date: 12/16/17 / Photo: JJBers / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)
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NEW YORK (AP, WNDU) - Sears is closing 80 more stores as it teeters on the brink of liquidation. The 130-year-old retailer set a deadline of Friday for bids for its remaining stores to avert closing down completely.

None of the 80 newly announced closures are in Michiana, according to MarketWatch, but a Peru, Indiana Kmart location and Muskegon and Novi, Michigan Sears locations are on the list of stores expected to close.

The retailer that began out as a mail order catalog in the 1880s has been in a slow death spiral, hobbled by the Great Recession and then overwhelmed by rivals both down the street and across the internet.

The 80 stores are due to close by March. That's in addition to 182 stores already slated for closure. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

At the time of the filing, it operated about 700 Sears and Kmart stores.