Sears to Close Its Last Remaining Maryland Department Store This Sunday

by Patrick Herron

Many of us likely grew up with a Sears department store somewhere nearby, but lately you may have noticed that you haven’t seen much from the brand that has been a household name for decades. Sears has been rapidly closing locations since 2018, when it filed for bankruptcy in October of that year. According to a report from the Frederick News Post, the Sears department store at Frederick’s Francis Scott Key Mall is set to close on January 15th. Note: There is still a Sears Hometown Store listed as open in Chestertown, MD, but it is not a traditional Sears department store and focuses on selling appliances, tools, hardware and lawn and garden equipment.

Sears at Frederick’s Francis Scott Key Mall — one of the final remnants of a once great department store empire — is going out of business.The last day customers can shop at the store will be Jan. 15, a manager, who declined to provide her name, told a Frederick News-Post reporter on Tuesday afternoon. Bright yellow signs advertising the store’s impending closure in red block letters are plastered on the store’s windows. More hang around the building’s interior.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., commonly known as Sears, was founded in 1892 by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck and reincorporated in 1906 by Richard Sears and Julius Rosenwald, with what began as a mail ordering catalog company migrating to opening retail locations in 1925, the first in Chicago. Sears became the biggest retailer in the United States in the 80s, but began to struggle financially in the subsequent decades. It was purchased by Kmart in 2004 in an effort to save both brands, but north retailers filed for for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 14 years later. It announced on January 16, 2019, that it had won its bankruptcy auction, and that a reduced number of 425 stores would remain open, including 223 Sears stores. Now, there are currently just over 20 Sears brick and mortar stores remaining across the country. Montgomery County locations closed in Bethesda (Montgomery Mall) in March 2019, Gaithersburg (Lakeforest Mall) in December 2019, a Sears outlet closed in Wheaton (Wheaton Mall) and Sears in White Oak closed in 2021. Featured photo courtesy of Google Maps.

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