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Forum News Service, Published January 31 2014

Kmart stores in Alexandria, Fergus Falls to close soon

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - Kmart stores in Alexandria and Fergus Falls are set to close this spring.

The Alexandria store will close to the public in mid-May, according to Howard Reifs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings.

Until then, the store will remain open for customers. It will begin its liquidation sale Feb. 23.

The store is being closed because the lease was not renewed, according to Reifs.

"Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model," Reifs said in an email. "These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home."

The Alexandria store has 46 employees. Workers who are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores. Most are part time or hourly.

The Kmart in Fergus Falls will be closing in mid-March.