Homewood Kmart to Close By Year's End

A liquidation sale will begin Sept. 29.

Look out for deals during the liquidation sale, beginning Sept. 29.
Look out for deals during the liquidation sale, beginning Sept. 29.

Homewood Kmart's days are numbered. The super shopping center, located at 17550 Halsted St., is set to shut its doors for good by mid-December.

"The store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model," Sears Holdings Corporate Communications Director Howard Riefs said. "These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail—at the store, online and in the home."

While Sears Holdings Corporation only just verified the store's plan to close, Homewood Community Development Director Paula Wallrich says the village has been anticipating this move for months now. According to her, the village has already been proactive in working with other developers who might be interested in the location.

The Homewood Kmart store currently employees 185 people. Riefs says workers will have the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores.

A store liquidation sale is set to begin Sept. 29.

Ernie Souchak September 20, 2013 at 09:58 AM
OMG, where will all the shoplifters go fo they sh*t?
Raiye Rosado Cichon September 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I won't be sad to see them go. This location has the WORST customer service.
bryan dunican September 20, 2013 at 01:54 PM
did not take long for them to ruin it just like everything else in Homewood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joe Rosenthal September 20, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Good. We need those cops back where people actually live.
Kimberly Ann Forster September 20, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Worst customer service? I say bullshit! With the way economy is these days no one should be wishing any business to be closed!
Genvieve LaChappele September 20, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I bet KMart is closing because of the Republicans in the House! Or George W Bush, it is his fault.
Kimberly Ann Forster September 20, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Is Paula Wallrich Going to be proactive in helping all these employees of Kmart find new jobs??
Brian Ahlemier September 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I guess the Homewood commmunity is going to get what they wanted!!! I just want to give credit to the people that have help this store close... The Shoplifters,the Slip and falls that were planned,the people that shoplift and return the merchandise and argue that they paid more for the item, the individuals that bad mouth the store to other people and then continue to shop there,The people that eat in the store without paying for what they eat, the people that come in and take steaks and other cold and frozen food out of refrigeration and set it out in a warm place to go bad, the people that come in and mess up the store and think it's funny like pulling clothes off the hangers and drop them on the floor, and I'm sure there are others that i haven't listed but you know who you are.
Hernendo RevolveR September 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Another victory for Mayor Daley!
Genvieve LaChappele September 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Now we can have another what should go here segment. How did that work for Bogart's, Little Colony, Hollywood Video, Caribou Coffee, Southgate Pharmacy, Applebee's, Northwood's, The old Triumph's, etc etc. ? If the cottage is a measure of our booming recovery we are screwed.
Judith McGee September 21, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Sorry to hear about this. Hope the 185 employees are able to find jobs. Have any of the Super K-Marts (Bradley; Tinley Park; Homewood) been a financial success? Just wondering.
hometown September 22, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Wow...amazed at the lack of intelligence on this board. Folks the store is not closing due to shoplifters and such. Evey store has shoplifters, despit location. Its an expense sector wide....Sears is multibillion corp who like some peers is severely underperforming (sears has been declining for almost a decade)..the kmart merger didn't help as kmart gave up mkt share to catergory killer big boxea target/walmart. Its a corporate wide decision to close its more underperforming stores. Everytime I go in kmart there is 3.0x less foot traffic than target/walmart. Products or of lower quality and prices are not comptitive to continue to drive demand. Stop just randomly saying what you think is the issue vs what's actually happening
Joel Andersen September 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM
That Kmart has really gone down hill specially since the Target across the street became a grocery ...... As to the other business's in Homewood they seem to be doing great with a bunch of really nice people. Maybe they will put a nice restaurant there now since we don't have one
Dan September 25, 2013 at 08:03 AM
obamas peeps closed this store.
Dan September 25, 2013 at 08:06 AM
anyone working and collecting welfare should be put in a wood chipper
LocalRez September 28, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Despite any real reasons you have to love the corp speak: "These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail—at the store, online and in the home." so they think they need " integrated retail"? Hum, I think that was part of the reason the store didn't do well here. I guess the future for Chi-town kmart shoppers will be blue-light specials via twitter!
daniel fife October 01, 2013 at 04:10 PM
why is it closing?? it should have gotten business. why are there fewer Kmarts around Chicago, that should be a major market for them!!! Will Meijer replace this store?
DJ Morgan October 19, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Vote with your pocket books folks.....buy American if you want Americans to have jobs and help build the economy. Simple.
The Truth December 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM
ernie souchak, cfoam, dan, brian ahlemier, genvieve la chappek and brian dunian,, You all appear to be so proud our H-F and it's diversity. After a second read, of your comments, may be not. Tell "us" how you really feel. To bad the homes here are underwater and undervalued. brian ahlemier sound like you worked at K Mart


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