Sears laying off 126 in January as it pulls out of Tyrone Square Mall

The mall location is to be razed and become a shopping center.
Sears will lay off 126 employees when it leaves Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg early next year. [Associated Press file photo]
Sears will lay off 126 employees when it leaves Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg early next year. [Associated Press file photo]
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ST. PETERSBURG — Sears will lay off 126 employees when it pulls out of its Tyrone Square Mall location early next year.

In September, Heritage Growth Properties, a New York-based real estate developer, submitted plans to the city of St. Petersburg to demolish the 188,515-square-foot Sears store to make way for a new 151,952-square-foot shopping center.

Leases have already been signed with Dick's Sporting Goods, Lucky's Market and PetSmart. It could be the first Lucky's Market in the region.

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Details of Sears' job cuts came in two WARN layoff notices filed with the state this week.

According to separate letters from Sears Holdings accompanying the notice, about 114 employees at the Sears department store and 12 employees at Sears Auto Center will be affected. The biggest categories of affected workers include 24 cashiers, 21 merchandise and customer assistant associates and 17 consultative sales associates.

The cuts will take place over a two-week period beginning Jan. 28.

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