Florida was the hardest-hit state when Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday identified 79 of up to 120 stores it expects close after a dismal holiday season. Of the 11 stores being shuttered in Florida, the only one in the Tampa Bay region is a full-line Sears store in Crystal River. The store closing list includes 37 Kmarts and 25 Sears stores. The rest are Sears Essentials stores, the company's ill-fated experiment to sell Sears brands in cosmetically remodeled former Kmart discount stores. The company did not indicate when the stores will close or the fate of thousands of employees who work at them.
11 Florida Sears, Kmart stores will close, but most of Tampa Bay is spared
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