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Wilton Sears, the region's last, sets February closure date

Wilton Sears, the region's last, sets February closure date

Route 50 location is last in Capital Region for faded retail giant
Wilton Sears, the region's last, sets February closure date
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WILTON — The Capital Region’s last Sears store will close after the holiday season.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. this month filed required paperwork with the state Department of Labor for a large-scale layoff, indicating the cuts would start Feb. 5 and take 14 days to complete.

It said 23 employees would be affected.

The faded retail legend, once a giant on the American business landscape, filed for bankruptcy protection last month. But it has been struggling for years and shutting down Sears and Kmart stores dozens at a time. The Rotterdam Kmart — the last one in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area — was targeted for shutdown in October.

The only other Sears in the greater Capital Region -- in Queensbury -- was targeted for shutdown in September.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc., which split from Sears Holdings Corp. in 2012 to become an independent company, still has a presence in and near the Capital Region: A Sears Outlet operates in Albany, and there is one Sears Hometown Store each in Cobleskill, Hudson and Great Barrington.

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