The Sears store at Woodfield Mall, Illinois’ last location, will close its doors for good on Sunday after 50 years.
Transformco, the chain’s parent company, announced the shutdown in mid-September. The company said it would look for ways to revive the space with another tenant, as it also manages real estate.
Sears Holdings, which also owned Kmart, filed for Chapter 11 Connecticut bankruptcy in October 2018. Transformco then acquired Sears and has since closed dozens of remaining Sears and Kmart locations in the United States.
Photos: The last few months at Sears of Woodfield Mall, Illinois’ latest location
In September, a spokesperson for Transformco declined to confirm how many Sears and Kmart stores were still open. At the time, the company’s website listed 35 Sears stores, including Woodfield Mall, and 22 Kmart stores.
Sears was founded in Chicago in the 1890s. Its business flourished for much of the 20th century, selling everything from houses to clothing. Sears was once the country’s largest retailer, with thousands of stores.
The company had around 700 stores, many of which were empty of merchandise, when it filed for bankruptcy.