On the new list of stores to close are the Sears location at Westshore Plaza and the store at 9409 USA 19 in Port Richey, as well as the Kmart store on Highway 301 in Ellenton.
Employees of Kmart on US 49 learned Friday morning from their manager that the store will be closing, an assistant store manager confirmed, saying the manager was not available to comment. And Kmart on Pass Road in Gulfport closed years ago.
Earlier this month, Sears said it would take a charge of about $443 million arising from store closures, Reuters reported, citing a regulatory filing. Instead, he wants to forgive about $1.8 billion of the debt he holds from Sears.
Sears Chairman Edward Lampert earlier advanced a $4.6 billion proposal to buy the company out of bankruptcy through his hedge fund, but he hasn't officially submitted a bid.
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Sears had previously announced plans to close 188 stores by the end of 2018, and another 40 stores by February 2019.
Meanwhile, Sears continues to operate a store at the Santa Maria Town Center mall, although the future of the company could put that location in peril.
While Lampert has said he intends to make the bid, he has not formally filed one with the bankruptcy court. The judge will weigh the opinions of other stakeholders, including unsecured creditors who have argued they could recover more of their investment if the department store operator winds down.
The 80 stores are due to close by March.