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Sears to close Bay Shore store, lay off 145

Sears in Bay Shore will close in May

Sears in Bay Shore will close in May 2015, eliminating 145 jobs, according to a state regulatory notice posted Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Credit: Ed Betz

The Sears store and auto center in Bay Shore will close in May, according to a state regulatory notice posted Tuesday.

The two businesses are located in the Westfield South Shore mall and employ a total of 145 people, said Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears Holdings Corp., which is based in suburban Chicago.

The businesses will close on May 3, the notice states. Liquidation sales began Feb. 13 at the store, which opened in 1997, Riefs said.

Sears is shutting the stores to cut costs.

"The store closures are part of a series of actions we're taking to reduce ongoing expenses," Riefs said. "These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail -- at the store, online and in the home."

He said no other Long Island stores are slated to close.

Sears has about a dozen other Long Island locations, including appliance repair drop-off centers.

Riefs said eligible employees will receive severance and can apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores. Kmart is a division of Sears.

Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN, companies with at least 50 full-time employees must notify workers 90 days before a mass layoff or closing.

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