UPDATE (6/7/17): The company has announced that another 17 Sears locations and 49 Kmart locations will be closing this summer. Neither Quincy location is on the list.

Original Story (1/5/17):

The retail world was rocked yesterday by the announcement from Sears that they were permanently shutting the doors on almost 80 K-Marts, and over 20 Sears. OK... maybe not ROCKED rocked. More like soft rocked. Like a Phil Collins or Air Supply level of rocked. This comes after several other rounds of closings, including almost 50 stores way way back in last week, so we're definitely not at AC/DC levels of being rocked by this news anymore.

Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

So with these two rounds of closings totaling 150 locations nationwide, will Quincy be able to rely on the big red K or the anchoring store at the mall anymore? Rest assured, fellow shoppers who just don't feel like going all the way down to Wal-Mart, Quincy's K-Mart and Sears are safe. Like Monty Python & The Holy Grail's Black Knight, no matter how many limbs you cut off Sears Holdings, tis but a flesh would for the 12th largest retail chain's properties in the Gem City.

The most shocking news to come out is not really the closings, but the selling of the Craftsman brand. In an effort to recoup heavy losses they took last year, Sears has sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker. Black & Decker will continue to manufacture Craftsman tools, and Sears will continue to sell them, but no word on that longstanding lifetime warranty on their tools. The concept of Sears guaranteeing Craftsman for life became so ingrained in pop-culture that it became a running joke on Home Improvement. I'd hate to see that go.

All that said, the few times I've been in either store, they've been pretty vacant. Even in the run-up to Christmas. So with all the other shopping options in Quincy, and all this trouble for Sears Holding, it makes me wonder- Quincy's K-Mart & Sears: How are they still a thing?

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