CALEDONIA — After surviving a few close calls, the Kmart in Caledonia, 5141 Douglas Ave., is scheduled to close in mid-December.
Larry Costello, Public Relations Director at Transformco, the company that owns Kmart and Sears, confirmed on Friday that the store is scheduled to close in mid-December and plans to hold a liquidation sale in mid-September. Costello declined to comment on why the Caledonia store was chosen.
Sears Holdings put out a list on Aug. 6 of stores closing which did not include the Caledonia store but a sign outside the doors stated that location would not accept new layaway contracts.
The Aug. 6 press release stated the chain, "faced a number of challenges returning our stores to sustainable levels of productivity, including differences with Sears Holdings over (Transformco's) purchase agreement and a generally weak retail environment."
The release also stated that, "all eligible associates will be offered the same number of weeks of severance as offered to employees of Sears Holding Corporation prior to that company's Chapter 11 filing in October 2018."
The Caledonia location has been the sole Kmart in Racine County ever since the location at 2211 S. Green Bay Road in the High Ridge Centre closed in early 2017. The Burlington Kmart was closed in 2011.
There was speculation the Caledonia store was nearing its end when the location was put up for sale as a "redevelopment opportunity" later that year. But in the fall of 2018, Kmart released a list of store it planned to close and the Caledonia store was not on that list.
Without the Caledonia location, the closest Kmart will be the one in Kenosha, 4100 52nd St. which is not scheduled to close for the foreseeable future.