- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In a story Oct. 20 about plans to close five Sears stores in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the company spokesman. His name is Howard Riefs, not Reifs.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Sears to shutter 5 Pennsylvania stores

Sears is closing 5 Pennsylvania stores in mid-January as part of cost-cutting move

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Sears is closing five Pennsylvania stores in January.

A spokesman for Sears Holdings Corp. said Monday that Sears stores in Bloomsburg, Chambersburg, Frackville, Lebanon and Pittsburgh Mills are slated to close.

The spokesman, Howard Riefs, says the stores will begin liquidation sales on Oct. 31 and close to the public in mid-January.

Riefs says the closing are part the company’s efforts to reduce expenses, adjust its asset base and accelerate the transformation of its business model.

The closings are expected to affect 351 employees.

Riefs says eligible employees will receive severance payments and be given an opportunity to apply for openings in other Sears or Kmart stores.

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