Brandon Kmart location closing, cutting 76 jobs

The Brandon Kmart location is closing in June. Pictured is a now-closed Kmart in Tarpon Springs in 2009. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times, 2009]
The Brandon Kmart location is closing in June. Pictured is a now-closed Kmart in Tarpon Springs in 2009. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times, 2009]
Published April 16 2018
Updated April 16 2018

BRANDON Sears Holdings, parent company of Sears and Kmart, is closing its Kmart location in Brandon.

"We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced," Howard Riefs, spokesperson for Sears Holdings, said in a statement. "This is not an effort solely aimed at cost savings but is part of a strategy we have been executing against as many of our larger stores are too big for our needs."

The store, located at 1602 W. Brandon Blvd., is currently liquidating and will close in late June, Riefs said. According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filing with the state, 76 jobs are being cut as a result of the closing. Eligible employees, Riefs said, will receive severance.

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