Elkins Kmart to shut doors in March
ELKINS — Recent rumors regarding the possible closing of the Elkins Kmart were confirmed Wednesday by Sears Holdings officials.
Director of Corporate Communications Howard Riefs said, “We can confirm that we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Kmart store at 731 Beverly Pike in Elkins.”
After evaluations of store productivity and space, Sears Holdings has “accelerated” the closure of unprofitable stores, including the Elkins Kmart which is set to close in March, officials said.
The store’s liquidation sale is set to begin Jan. 6.
The number of associates who are employed at Kmart in Elkins is not publicly available; however, the majority of employees are part-time or paid an hourly wage, officials said.
Riefs explained that if associates are eligible to receive severance, they will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at Sears or Kmart stores in the area.
“We often hear from our members who are disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors. As a result, we hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store by maintaining our relationships with the members who shopped this location,” Riefs said.
Shop Your Way members and store customers are invited to continue to shop online or at other Kmart locations.
The current Kmart location in Elkins opened for business in 1994. Before that, Kmart was located in the Tygart Valley Mall in Elkins for many years.
In total, Sears Holdings announced the closure of 28 stores on Wednesday, including Kmart locations in Weirton and Parkersburg. Sears stores that will close include the Charleston Town Center Mall location and the Meadowbrook Mall store in Bridgeport.