Sears at Eastfield Mall in Springfield is set to close

Hampden County

Sears Holdings released its latest list of closures on Thursday, which included its Sears Springfield location. The company identified it as a unprofitable store.

At this time, there are a lot of unknowns following the announcement, said Nicole Sweeney, an Eastfield Mall property manger. She said, the company has closed about 250 Sears locations since 2012.

In a statement to 22News, Sweeney said “wave after wave, this particular location was spared, which in my opinion is a testament to management and staff at Eastfield Mall Sears that they’ve survived as long as they have in this retail climate.”

Sweeney said there are two actual vacancies out of 67 stores at the mall. Sears owns two buildings and a parking lot that surrounds the parcel.

Sweeney said, the company is “more our neighbors than tenants.”

So, its unknown who will come in after Sears leaves for good.

For one Springfield resident, who is a mechanic by trade, Sears closing will impact his purchases of craftsman tools.

“It’s sad to see any business go, it really is, especially a good business like Sears that has a lot of quality tools for us mechanics at a lower cost than all of these bigger industries. It’s sad to see it go, it really is.” Austin Brooks, Springfield resident

The Springfield location is one of 48 Sears closing in early September. The Sears Auto Center will also be closing in late June of 2018.

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