In their recent rounds of store closings, Sears Holdings tried something new: they announced them to the stores’ local news outlets, but didn’t release a nationwide list of stores slated to close. We started compiling our own list based on local news stories and reader tips at the beginning of this year. Late Thursday, Sears Holdings announced an additional 78 store closings, and saved us some work by putting out a national list. Scheduled to close in this round are 65 Kmarts, 3 Super K stores, and ten Sears stores. [More]
On Friday the woman who narrated the Domino’s booger video that made national headlines plead guilty and received sentencing.
The Los Angeles Times says that a Walmart in Upland, California had to kick everyone out and shut down for 3 hours this morning, because shoppers lost their damned minds.
Ten miles isn’t always a quick or easy trip. That’s the message that the former members of a Bally’s club in Vancouver, Wash. want to get across to the chain after their local branch closed with little to no notice. Bally’s claims that they don’t need to end contracts or refund members’ dues since there is another Bally’s within ten miles of the club, but the drive tops half an hour for some customers—not exactly convenient.
Joystiq reported last night that Game Crazy “plans to close 200 of its approximately 680 locations at the end of October.” There’s no official list of which stores are closing yet, so feel free to ask your local Game Crazy employees and see if you can scare them.
Remember that Domino’s Pizza, the one in North Carolina where Kristy and Michael recorded themselves doing gross things to the food? The Charlotte Observer has reported that the location has gone out of business, at least for now—”closed signs have been placed in the windows and the phone has been disconnected.”
Is your post office on the list of locations (PDF) the USPS is considering closing to save money? We checked and our last one in Brooklyn isn’t, which proves that they didn’t base the list on degree or intensity of suck, or it would have been closed, burned down, and the earth salted.
Sorry, Canada. GM is shutting down 42% of their dealerships north of the border. [Bloomberg]
The automotive bloodbath continues today as GM plans to eliminate up to 1,200 dealerships. The dealers could start getting notification as soon as Friday.
Mark Calisi, 47, who owns Eagle Auto-Mall in Riverhead, New York, says he was “devastated” to learn that his dealership would be closed. He said Chrysler accounts for a third of his business, which also sells Volvo, Mazda and Kia, and that on Thursday he had to sack 30 of his 100 employees.
According to Bloomberg, retailers expect to close 73,000 stores in the first half of 2009, because no one bought enough Christmas presents. Thanks, Marc!
Bloomberg is reporting that Office Depot will close 10%, or 122, of its stores and cut 2,200 jobs as a result. They will also close 6 distribution centers. [Bloomberg]
Just in case you were wondering.
Reader Scott went to the closing Circuit City in Oklahoma City and found that there weren’t many deals to be had. He also noticed that Circuit City’s liquidator seems to be having a problem calculating their discounts.
Saks has announced that they will be closing Club Libby Lu, an unprofitable tween-girls “makeover” chain that apparently exists. For $25-$40 girls could paint themselves with temporary tattoos, make bracelets and get a “Club Libby Du.” (We think that last thing is a hairstyle. At least, we’re hoping that it is.)
Bankrupt high-end electronics retailer Tweeter is going away for good says the Boston Globe.