2 Lexington County Kmart stores to close by the end of the year

Two Kmart stores in Lexington County will close their doors by the end of 2019, joining the ranks of dozens of other closed locations across the country.

“After careful review, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the Kmart store” in Lexington, Larry Costello, a spokesperson for Sears and Kmart, wrote in an email to The State.

The West Columbia store will also close. Liquidation sales are supposed to begin this month, Costello said, and the stores will close by mid-December, according to Costello.

He declined to comment on how many people are employed by the Lexington and West Columbia Kmarts.

Sears and Kmart were taken over by a parent company, Transformco, in early 2019 to help keep about 400 stores open amid the bankruptcy filings, USA Today reported. Dozens of Kmart and Sears locations across the United States have closed or will close at the end of the year.

The Greenville Kmart will also perish this year, making at least three closures in South Carolina.

The Lexington Kmart is located at 748 West Main St. The West Columbia Kmart is located at 1500 Charleston Highway.

Isabella Cueto is a bilingual multimedia journalist covering Lexington County, one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina. She previously worked as a reporter for the Medill Justice Project and WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied journalism and theatre arts.