FAIRFIELD — Kmart in Fairfield will close in September when its lease will not be renewed.
Rumors of the closure were confirmed Wednesday via email by Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holding. The store, which opened in 1969, will remain open to the public until mid-September. A liquidation sale will begin June 30, he said.
There are currently 63 employees at the North Texas Street store and they will have an opportunity to apply to other Kmart or Sears stores, according to Riefs. There are no other Kmarts in Solano County. The closest stores are in Pinole and Concord.
A Sears store is located at the Solano Town Center mall in Fairfield.
Riefs wrote that the store’s lease is not being renewed and further explained that closures are a part of a series of actions to reduce expenses and accelerate the transformation of its business model.
“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,” Riefs wrote.
The store manager was not working Wednesday, according to an employee, and could not be reached for comment.
A Walmart Supercenter opened across the street in November 2010. Riefs did not respond to questions about whether or not that store had anything to do with Kmart’s plans to close the Fairfield location.
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