Sears at mall to close in January

Customers suddenly have fewer days to head out to the Lycoming Mall Sears store to shop.

The longtime anchor store is shutting its doors in late January, according to company officials.

Sears Holdings has targeted the local store for closure in early 2018, along with 17 other Sears sites and 45 Kmart stores nationwide.

Other stores in the region set to close are Sears, State College, and Kmarts in Shamokin Dam and Danville.

The Lycoming Mall Sears will close its auto center in early December.

Local Sears officials had no comment.

Corporate officials noted the closures are part of a “strategic assessment of the productivity of our Kmart and Sears store base” that involves closing some unprofitable stores to “transform the business model so that our physical stores and digital capabilities match the needs of and preferences of our members.”

Company officials noted that the stores will remain open throughout the holiday season with liquidation sales beginning as early as Nov. 9.

They further noted: “Eligible associates impacted by these store closures will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores.”