Kmart is closing its Salt Lake store in mid-March as part of a nationwide move to unload unprofitable locations.
The company notified employees Tuesday of its decision to close the store at 4561 Salt Lake Boulevard, near the Aloha Stadium, and to begin liquidation sales on Jan. 6.
“We can confirm that we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Kmart store in Honolulu,” said Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Kmart’s parent company Sears Holdings Corp., in an email. “We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced.”
He didn’t disclose the number of workers at the Salt Lake location, but said eligible employees will receive severance and can apply for open positions at Sears or Kmart stores on Oahu. Riefs said most employees are part time.
The company closed its Waikele Center location earlier this month, following the March shutdown of the Kmart store on Nimitz Highway in Iwilei, which affected more than 140 workers. That store opened 1992.
The closure leaves Kmart with one store on Oahu, in Kapolei, and one store each on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island.