More than 60 full-time and part-time employees at the Milledgeville Kmart recently learned they will be without a job come April. The local store is among 39 other company stores across the nation that have announced permanent closings.
The Kmart store in nearby Dublin also is on the closing list. The local store employs a total of 63 people, all of whom received the news of the store’s closing during a recent employee meeting with the district manager, The Union-Recorder learned.
Liquidation sales are expected to get underway this weekend at the Milledgeville store.
Mervin R. Gowdie, who has served as manager of the Kmart store in Milledgeville for the past two years, said he could not respond to questions about the closing. He referred the newspaper to a member of the company’s media relations department.
Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications confirmed the Milledgeville Kmart store is due to close in mid-April.
“Until then, the store will remain open for customers,” Riefs told the newspaper via email.
He said most of the local associates are part-time, hourly employees.
“Those associates who are eligible will receive severance (pay) and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores,” Riefs said.
He explained that the closures “are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model.”
Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation.
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