Sears adds 103 stores to closure list

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It acquired Kmart in 2003 and combined the two stores under Sears Holdings two years later.

While the Greater Lehigh Valley took some hits during Sears Holdings Inc.'s earlier closings of Kmart stores, it seems to have been spared in the latest round of closures. Close-out sales will begin January 12.

Sears Holdings has announced that a local K-Mart location will be closing in 2018. There were 3,510 six years ago, according to BI.

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CNBC reported that Sears didn't say how many employees would be impacted by the closings, but a majority of the jobs are part-time positions and eligible employees would receive severance.

Kmart stores remain open in Allentown, Doylestown, Shillington, Wilson, Walnutport and Wind Gap.

In addition to the Kmart in Cumru Township, the company once operated stores in Exeter and Muhlenberg townships, with the Muhlenberg Kmart being among dozens that closed in 2016.