You may have noticed this past holiday season, you did not see  Sears or Kmart TV commercials. They were not spending money on Christmas advertising, they've been holding on to revenue and for good reason.

In the last 18 months, Bismarck and North Dakota have been spared from the massive amount of Sears and Kmart store closings. As a matter of fact, many of the large retailers are rethinking their business concept including J.C. Penney, Macy's and Kohl's.

North Dakota is no longer immune to the store closures. It was announced today from the parent company for Kmart and Sears, Sears Holding, another round of shutdowns will take effect and it hits close to home.

Sears in Bismarck is on the list to close in early March or April. The company plans liquidation sales will begin as early as Jan. 12 at the closing stores. Many locals wondered, how long it would be before the local Sears store would close. In total, the parent company plans to close 100 stores.

Sears is currently experimenting with pint-sized stores around the country featuring items and product lines that sell and are in demand.

And they are not done, Kmart is closing an additional 64 stores including the store in Devils Lake, ND, which is set to close in early April.

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