Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Kmart in Fairfield to close in September

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The Kmart along North Texas Street in Fairfield, Wednesday, will be closing. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | June 20, 2013 |

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.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or dbernardini@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • WoodyJune 20, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Too bad the business can't be made to find a suitable replacement for the building, before closing. They have covered the placement of employees but not the property. I just remember how long the property across the street stayed vacant and became such an eyesore for many years until a church (another one) moved in and Wal-mart decided to relocate. Leaving their old building vacant and unused, my point again. I know it's not going to happen, but ......

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 20, 2013 - 6:09 am

    Woody, that responsibility lies with the property owner, not the tenant.

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  • chrisJune 20, 2013 - 6:39 am

    They should all get job offers at Walmart..since the closing was only inevitable once walmart opened. Bittersweet, I spent many hours in that store as a child but not so many as adult.

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  • JackJune 20, 2013 - 7:02 am

    That corner there at Texas and Atlantic has become the "renovation" corner of the city. Maybe the city should aggressively find two private sector developers to raze and rebuild both the northeast corner lost and the southwest (aka the K-Mart/Dollar store) lots of that intersection too. Think out of the box...of course, the hostile environment that California has toward business isn't going to help things out...

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  • BakefudgeJune 20, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Its not just Walmart that hurt kmarts business its the economy which is still horrible for many businesses. I hope Kmart decides to reinvigorate their business model and come back in another part of the county soon. RIP

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  • Rich GiddensJune 20, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Maybe you can turn that empty and shuttered business into a big government unemployment or welfare center. Think big California!

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  • JanJune 20, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    Now taking bets on how long this building will stay vacant!!!

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  • S KJune 20, 2013 - 10:20 pm

    I predicted that the moment WalMart opened, that KMart would not be able to compete, right next door. Too bad, because they have great sale prices on their brand Weed & Feed, And Their version of Miracle Grow (KGrow). So now with Big Lots gone, along with others, now this, another near empty empty strip mall, empty if and when the Dollar Tree has had enough. What will the City do??? Probably build yet another strip mall right up the road. GREAT PLANNING Fairfield. I'd be willing to bet that a bunch of homeless PPL could be better planners than your bunch.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 21, 2013 - 5:51 am

    Kmart's problems started long before Walmart showed up. There may short-term pains but in the long run it will be for the better.

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  • JayJune 21, 2013 - 12:07 am

    This is great news . Kmart has horrible customer service to begin with . I'm so happy they are closing . It's in the best interest for the Fairfield community that it closes it doors.

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  • Courtney SmithJune 22, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Anyone here love Burlington Coat Factory like me? Rumor has it one is coming to a town near you.

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  • michaelJune 25, 2013 - 11:56 am

    looks like the store closing sale will start on 6/30/2013. last chance to stock up on kmart items before they close that location.

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  • javierAugust 25, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    they better re-open it because that has the best wwe figures ever

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