LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Las Vegas Valley is losing its last mall-anchored Sears store.
"Well when I was a kid I went to that one in the Meadows Mall to get pictures taken with my family,” said one nostalgic shopper. "Mom was in charge of that. She'd just drag us along and dress us up in the funny suits."
"Yeah it is sad, I mean, I still receive their emails from them saying, oh, 50 percent discount,” said another long time Sears customer.
Transformco, which purchased substantially all the assets of Sears Holdings Corporation in Feb. 2019, announced that it will be closing an additional 96 Sears and Kmart stores.
"You think about the irony that the Sears catalog was probably the precursor to Amazon itself,” said Retail Association of Nevada Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Brian Wachter. “Now a digital transformation and digital revolution is changing the face of retail and Sears is kind of on the losing end of that."
As part of the closures, Sears will shutter its location at the Meadows Mall in Las Vegas, according to a news release. The store, located at 4000 Meadows Lane, will close by Feb. 2020.
Going out of business sales at the Meadows Mall Sears store are expected to begin on Dec. 2, the news release said.
"I understand that it sucks when I see things from my childhood go bye-bye, but they have to learn to innovate and stay with the trends or ... bye. There's no other option at that point," said one shopper.
Based on the store locator on the Sears website, there will only be two additional Sears stores left in Southern Nevada, both of which are Sears Appliance Outlets:
- 1437 W. Sunset Road #100, Henderson, NV, 89014
- 4854 West Lone Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV, 89130
Last December, Sears announced that it was closing its location at the Boulevard Mall. Following the latest round of closures, Transformco said it will operate 182 stores.