Sears To File For Bankruptcy, Several Stores To Close

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The company that dominated the American retail landscape in the 20th century joins a long list of stores ravaged by changing technology and shopping patterns.

Sears plans to close two locations in the Bay Area after the once-dominant retail chain announced it was filing for bankruptcy Monday.

'It's a shame. So Sears, Roebuck, when I was growing up, was the big deal. Many of its most valuable properties have been sold off, with the other half leased and offering little cost savings from rent restructurings since Sears already pays below market rents. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was on Sears' board of directors between 2005 and 2016. It started out as a vast mail-order business selling clothes, tools, toys and even tombstones, and became the biggest retailer in the USA before being overtaken by Walmart and later Amazon.

The company previously announced it would be closing more than 180 Sears and Kmart stores across the country. The filing could come as soon as Monday morning.

Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, meaning it intends to reorganize and stay in business.

The company has 90,000 employees and in its heyday owned over three thousand stores.

The company filed bankruptcy previous year and said it would close 46 stores initially.

The company been drowning in debt exceeding $5 billion and reportedly could not make a $134 million payment that had been due on Monday.

"Most of the company is gone", Dietderich said. Sears has suffered losses of more than $10 billion (€8.64 billion) over the last decade alone, as it struggled to come to terms with low-priced competitors and particularly e-commerce giants such as Amazon. Strong sales in the upcoming holiday season will be key in determining that.

As of Friday afternoon, the company and its creditors were still hammering out the details of a bankruptcy plan.

Creditors opted instead to try their hand in bankruptcy court.

About a decade ago, as I was on my way to meet Edward Lampert for the first time, a friend said to me about the turnaround that Lampert was attempting of Sears and Kmart: "It may fail, but if it does, it will be a noble failure".

Struggling retailer Sears is closing 142 more unprofitable stores across the US this year - including several in North Carolina. Walmart Inc., Target Corp., Kohl's Corp., and Amazon.com Inc. are all trying.

By the late 1960s, Sears was the largest retailer in the world.

"It's a sad thing that they are going bankrupt".

The company has closed several hundred stores in recent years. In April and August, ESL presented proposals to acquire certain Sears assets, followed by a broader September plan for real estate transactions and asset sales. The company has lost more than $11 billion since 2011 and was last profitable in 2010. Lampert also became Land's End Inc's biggest shareholder when the clothing manufacturer was spun out of Sears in 2014.

Electrolux, which has its USA headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., pledged in a news release Monday to work with Sears during its restructuring "to explore the prospects of continuing its business" with Sears, while managing financial exposure.

"When you go into a bankruptcy, you're living in a fish bowl and every transaction will be looked at and examined", said Corali Lopez-Castro, Managing Partner at law firm Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton.

Home appliance manufacturer Electrolux said it hopes to continue selling its appliances at Sears after the Chapter 11 filing.

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