Sears at Fashion Square Mall closing soon

88 workers at Orlando store to lose jobs


ORLANDO, Fla. – A Sears store that has been open more than 50 years in Orlando will soon be closing its doors for good.

Sears at the Fashion Square Mall will close in mid-November, a month after the Sears auto center at the mall is scheduled to close.

Eighty-eight workers will be laid off because of the closure.

The East Colonial Drive store celebrated 50 years in business in 2013.

Sears released a statement on Wednesday to News 6 about the closure:

"The Sears store, including the Sears Auto Center, at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall was recently sold to Seritage Growth Partners as part of the agreement in which Sears Holdings leases the store from the Seritage. Under this agreement, Seritage contractually has the right to recapture the space occupied by the store and Sears Auto Center locations. Seritage informed us a couple months ago that they will be exercising that right. Hence, the Sears Auto Center will close in mid-October and the store will close in mid-November.  Until then, the store itself will continue to remain open and we will continue to serve our customers and members. The store will begin its liquidation sale on August 26. Eligible associates will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.

"No other local stores are impacted."

The property owner said the majority of the existing structures will be demolished, and the site will be redeveloped with about 140,000-square-feet of space anchored by Orchard Supply Hardware and Floor & Décor, along with additional small shop and restaurant users.