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The company opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Chicago in 1925. Founded in 1892, it was a United States retail juggernaut until the 1990s, when it started facing stiff competition from Walmart, Target and other more agile competitors. Since a year ago alone, Sears has closed more than 380 of its 894 stores, down from 2,200 stores in the US and Canada in 2005.

Sears now accounts for less than 1.0 percent of many REITs' base rental income. At the time, it was the world's tallest building at 1,454 feet. GlobalData Retail managing director Neil Saunders didn't mince words when he told Business Insider on Monday, "The problem in Sears' case is that it is a poor retailer".

The longtime American shopping mall anchor is trying to stave off a complete shutdown of not only Sears department stores but the Kmart stores it also owns. "It's been obviously improperly run for many years".

A New England Development spokeswoman said more specific plans will be finalized in the next few weeks, but that the closing of the longtime anchor highlights the need for the company to think creatively about what a mall will look like in the decades to come. "Hopefully, a smaller new Sears will be healthier".

"I remember getting clothes and Toughskins, things like that", Landi said.

The company filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., and said Eddie Lampert is stepping down immediately as chief executive officer.

The company has struggled with outdated stores and complaints about customer service even for its once crown jewels: major appliances like washers and dryers.

Sears and Kmart merged to form Sears Holdings in 2005, when they had 3,500 USA stores between them.

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"It's not been a surprise but it's been frustrating that it's taken so long", David Bujnicki, in charge of investor relations and strategy at Kimco, said in an interview of the long-expected bankruptcy.

Storch pointed to USA department store chain J.C. Penney (JCP.N), saying that Sears' bankruptcy is not good news for its competitor.

The company said Monday it has secured $300 million in financing from banks to keep the operations going through bankruptcy.

The stock price was 41 cents a share in pre-market trading Monday morning - up from Friday's closing price of 34 cents. Negotiations over the fate of the fallen company have been continuing this week, as it faces a critical $134 million of debt that is maturing on October 15.

Sears employs about 89,000 people and their fate remains uncertain. But the REIT said the four stores now at the site are doing well and calls the redevelopment a "game-changer".

In Kenneth City, the greater Tampa areas last Kmart is open on 66th Street N. Its owned by Seritage Growth Properties — a Sears Holdings spin-off created to turn dying Sears and Kmarts into thriving shopping centers.

The company has closed several hundred stores in recent years.

Sears' average rent was $5.25 per square foot, the lowest among Kimco's top 50 tenants.


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