BROOKSVILLE — One of Tampa Bay’s few remaining Sears will close next month, the store’s parent company confirmed Friday.
“After careful review, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the Sears store in Brooksville, Florida,” owners Tansformco wrote in a statement. “The liquidation sale is in process and the store is planned to close by mid-January.”
The Sears is at 13085 Cortez Boulevard inside Coastal Way Plaza nearby other businesses such as Sun Trust Bank and Chick-fil-A. Property records show Sears and Roebuck Co. as the space’s owner. The building was built in 2000 and was last assessed to be worth nearly $5 million.
In October of last year, Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy and closed hundreds of locations as it attempted to restructure. In February, former CEO Eddie Lampert struck a last-minute deal to buy the remaining Sears and Kmart assets under a new company, Transformco.
Sears and Kmart have been owned by the same parent company for several years. The area’s last Kmart near St. Petersburg in Kenneth City is scheduled to close Jan. 12.
The last remaining Tampa Bay Sears will be at the Westfield mall in Brandon.
Sears still has a handful of outlets and auto shops in the area.