Sudbury Sears remains open for business, after the corporation closed many of its stores Monday evening. There are only 32 Sears locations where customers can continue shopping in the iconic Canadian store. The retail chain has been in business for 65 years.
Long-time patrons expressed sadness about the upcoming departure of the department store, saying it was one of the last stations of an era that seems to be going by.
“It was needed,” said Theresa Roussel, “The other time it was Eaton's and it went; we missed it when it went, but we still had Sears.”
“It's kinda sad to see another one go,” said Irene Desrochers.
Inside the store, even the mannequins are up for sale. When asked, the store manager refused to comment on what the closure will mean for Sears employees.
Approximately 12,000 jobs were lost across Canada: 5,443 of those were in Ontario, and 18 full-time as well as 85 part-time jobs (as of September) will end locally in Sudbury.
If any of these employees would like to speak with Sudbury.com after their term of employment ends, we would like to invite their stories and memories of working at the store.
Shoppers have until Sunday, January 14 to make a last visit to the New Sudbury Centre Sears.