Kmart stores in Danville and Lynchburg scheduled to close in January, customers disappointed

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATED

A legendary name in retail is leaving our region.

Kmart is planning to close two stores in our region.

Locations in Danville and Lynchburg will shut down permanently in January.

Those stores are the only Kmarts left open in our entire viewing area.

Once they're gone, you won't be able to find a Kmart store anywhere within 90 miles of Roanoke.

Friday, customers were still supporting Kmart and several of them we spoke with say it's unfortunate that it's closing.

"It's a big blow to the community, economically, financially," says customer, Kevin Shuler.

Sears Holdings announced Thursday that 45 Kmart stores are closing, and Danville and Lynchburg made that list.

The company said in a release that "as previously announced we will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model."

Customers who frequent Kmart in Danville don't see how it's unprofitable.

"It's awful, especially this time of year too," says Shuler.

Shuler says he's shopped at Kmart for years.

"My son just recently became employed here, so you know, it's bitter," he says.

His son just started working at the Danville Kmart a few weeks ago.

"It's heartbreaking for him. He's a young man, trying to start out, and do some good things and then to come to work and be told you no longer have a job, you know, it's... it's kinda rough," says Shuler.

Shuler says even though this hurts the community, they'll get through it, just like his son.

"I just told him to keep his head up and hopefully something will come through for him," he says.

Sears Holdings says the locations will remain open through the holiday season, but liquidation sales will begin as early as November 9th.

The company also confirms 18 Sears stores are closing in several states.

None are in our viewing area.

ORIGINAL

Sears Holdings announced Thursday that 45 Kmart stores are closing, including locations in Danville and Lynchburg.

The company said in a release that "as previously announced we will
continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model."

The locations will remain open through the holiday season, but liquidation sales will begin as early as November 9th, according to the release.

The company also confirms 18 Sears stores are closing in several states.

All the locations impacted are set to close in late January.

You can view a full list of all the locations closing here.