- Associated Press - Friday, December 30, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Two Kmart stores in Alabama will close in mid-April, and both stores will soon begin selling off their inventories, a company official said Friday.

The stores, in Jasper and Phenix City, will begin liquidation sales on Jan. 6, a company executive said Friday.

Both of the Alabama stores will remain open to customers until they close in mid-April, said Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Kmart’s parent firm Sears Holdings Corp.

The company has been strategically and aggressively evaluating its store space and productivity, and has “accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores,” Riefs said.

During the past year, company officials have said dozens of Kmart stores would close across the nation, though they haven’t identified where all of those stores are.



Workers who are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Sears or Kmart stores, Riefs said.

Jasper is about 40 miles northwest of Birmingham.

The Phenix City store is just across the state line from Columbus, Georgia.

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