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Sears closure to leave 327 jobless

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 06:10 p.m. HST, Feb 19, 2013

 2011 December 27 BSN - Sears - Gene Daniels and his daughter, Marlika, 10, walk out of the Sears store at Ala Moana Center with a shopping bag of their purchases. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

Sears said it will lay off 327 workers when it closes its Ala Moana Center store on June 2.

“They will have an opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores,” said Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs.

Sears Holdings Corp. last year struck a deal with Ala Moana Center owner General Growth Properties Inc. to sell the store — one of the original anchor tenants when Ala Moana Center opened in 1959 — and 10 other mainland outlets for $270 million.

General Growth exercised its right to move up Sears’ closing date, which was originally scheduled for early 2014, Riefs said. The store will begin its liquidation sale on March 15.  

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false wrote:
on February 19,2013 | 12:12PM
allie wrote:
so sorry for this. They go from being tax payers to consumers of govt. un employment and services
on February 19,2013 | 02:56PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Technology is killing our labor force
on February 19,2013 | 12:15PM
Pareidolic wrote:
The labor force must evolve.
on February 19,2013 | 06:16PM
9ronboz wrote:
Union is killing the labor force
on February 19,2013 | 10:09PM
koji wrote:
a chance to "apply"...like everyone looking for a job. the number of affordable markets in the state are dying off
on February 19,2013 | 01:00PM
primowarrior wrote:
JC Penney, Liberty House, Patti's, et al, and now Sears. It just ain't the Ala Moana I grew up with. I long for the old days.....
on February 19,2013 | 01:35PM
false wrote:
It gone brag only upper scale stores to be found. It's pau.
on February 19,2013 | 04:33PM
kuewa wrote:
Wow this is so sad. So now what?
on February 19,2013 | 01:37PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Shop at the new Longs opening at Hauula Shopping Center at the end of July 2013. They'll have everything you ever need.
on February 19,2013 | 02:23PM
niimi wrote:
If a store is underperforming then close it and put it out of its misery. We don't run non-profit businesses, folks. That's the bottom line. Call it what you will but that is life.
on February 19,2013 | 02:02PM
kauai wrote:
Unless you're a "too big to fail" investment bank. Then you get taxpayer money to bail you out. So much for capitalism.
on February 19,2013 | 02:33PM
niimi wrote:
That's why I'm talking about this specific to the context of Sears. Indeed, the investment banks are exceptions.
on February 19,2013 | 10:04PM
9ronboz wrote:
Lame. Blame capitalism. Clueless. What a shame.
on February 19,2013 | 10:10PM
allie wrote:
sad but true
on February 19,2013 | 02:56PM
Fred01 wrote:
"Sears closure to leave 327 jobless" Really? So all 327 employees are that worthless that they will all be jobless?
on February 19,2013 | 03:06PM
joshislost wrote:
SEARS sucks. This was bound to happen. They dont invest in their store. There was a article a few years back about how much other stores use for remodeling wal mart was about $10.00/sq foot while sears racked in around a $1.20. Sorry for the workers but this wasnt a surprise...
on February 19,2013 | 06:41PM
mrluke wrote:
I won't miss it. The Ala Moana store was just shell of it's old self. The last time I went in there, about a year ago, the place smelled, looked pretty ratty and reminded me me of a Salvation Army store. The place used to be so pristine and well kept. Now it's just dull, drab and unfriendly. Sometimes progress $ux.
on February 19,2013 | 07:06PM
pakeheat wrote:
Your joking right, LOL. You must have been on meds or something?
on February 19,2013 | 08:29PM
niimi wrote:
He must have gone to Savers by mistake. LOL.
on February 19,2013 | 10:05PM
9ronboz wrote:
Most comments here are as usual anti business
on February 19,2013 | 10:12PM
agumakiki wrote:
no mor' good old days at ala moana
on February 19,2013 | 10:51PM
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