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Sears Hometown Stores In Sterling, Plano Will Be Closed

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The Sears Hometown Store at 3606 East Lincolnway in Sterling will close its doors July 24.

Sears Hometown Stores in Sterling, Plano and Moline will be closing during the current business quarter, the company announced over the weekend.

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The last day for the Sears Hometown Store in Plano will be July 23.

The websites for all three stores already are announcing “Store in liquidation” sales.

They are among “90 to 100” underperforming Sears Hometown locations remaining after 21 stores were closed in the previous quarter, President and Chief Executive Officer Will Powell said in the quarterly earnings announcement.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc., was spun off from Sears Holdings Corp. in 2012. Most of the 882 Sears Hometown locations are independently owned and operated, offering Sears brands like Kenmore and Craftsman as well as other national brands.

The Sterling and Plano stores both are owned by Sean Austin, according to Plano Sears Hometown Store Manager Redell Morgan. He said the last day for the Plano store will be July 23.

Morgan said he is the only full-time employee at the Plano location, which has six part-time employees.

The final day for the Sterling location will be July 24, according to manager Lucy Kessell. She said there are three part-time employees at that store. Kessell said owner Sean Austin informed the employees about the closing last Tuesday.

The Sears Hometown Stores are not directly affiliated with Sears Holdings Corp., which announced May 31 that more than 70 Sears and Kmart locations will close later this year. The Rockford Kmart store was on that list.

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