Sears Holding Corp. is shutting down 20 stores across the United States, including the Sears store and Sears Auto Center in East Northport.
The Sears store, at 4000 Jericho Tpke., will start liquidation sales on June 30 and close to the public by mid-September. The Sears Auto Center will close in late July.
“We are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store and Sears Auto Center,” Sears spokesman Howard Riefs said in an email late Thursday. “We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores.”
Riefs declined to give the number of employees affected by the closures.
“Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores,” he said.
Sears Holdings, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, has already announced more than 200 closures since the beginning of the year. Sears has also been selling locations and putting some of its famous brands up for sale.
After the East Northport closure, Sears will have six department stores on Long Island, in Valley Stream, New Hyde Park, Lake Grove, Garden City, Massapequa and Hicksville.
Owners of the Hicksville store plan to close it and transform the site into a development combining apartments and retail. They have not announced a closing date for the location.