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Brick Kmart Store Survives Latest Round of Closures

The Laurel Square shopping center, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Laurel Square shopping center, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Kmart store in Brick will remain open amid a new round of closures announced Thursday by Sears Holdings, the big box store’s parent company.

Located in the Laurel Square shopping center between routes 70 and 88, Kmart has long been subject to rumors of its closure, especially since the Pathmark supermarket in the same plaza closed and significantly cut down on traffic.

The only local store on the list – and the only store in New Jersey as a whole – of properties to be shut down is the Sears store at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River. The company said the store would close in “early April.” The automotive section will likely close by the end of this month.

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In all, 103 Kmart and Sears stores are closing across the country.

“Sears Holdings continues its strategic assessment of the productivity of our Kmart and Sears store base and will continue to right size our store footprint in number and size,” the company said in a statement. “In the process, as previously announced we will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members.”

Liquidation sales will begin as early as Jan. 12 at the closing stores, the company said.