Sears to close 68 Kmart, 10 Sears stores this summer

Sears Holdings owns the Kmart and Sears chains.

NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is announcing Thursday that it will close 68 Kmart stores — including one in South Carolina — and 10 Sears stores this summmer as it struggles to restore profitability.

The ailing company had said in February that it would accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores. The move is expected to generate a “meaningful level” of cash from the liquidation of store inventories and from the sale or sublease of some of the related real estate, it said.

The closings follow a comprehensive review of the company’s store portfolio that took into account store performance and the timing of lease expirations.

The only South Carolina store affected by the latest shutdowns is a Kmart at 2209 West Dekalb in Camden, according to list posted on the Sears Holdings website.

The retail owner has long been struggling with a sales slump, unable to keep up with rivals like Wal-Mart.