Los Altos Sears added to list of stores that will close

The Sears in Long Beach’s Los Altos neighborhood will begin closing this week as the retailer’s parent-company, Transformco, continues to liquidate stores in its holdings.

An employee confirmed Monday that the store would begin closing this week, just days after the company posted listings for temporary positions to close the store located near Bellflower Boulevard and Stearns Street.

The Long Beach location, at 2100 N. Bellflower Blvd., is one of five new closures added to Transformco’s growing list of closures that includes Sears and Kmarts.

Transformco, which acquired Sears Holdings in 2019, holds the rights to remaining Sears and Kmarts in the country. Earlier this month it was reported that the last Kmart in Long Beach, located about a mile north of the Los Altos Sears, was also headed toward liquidation.

Similar postings for temporary positions preceded the announcement that the Kmart was closing earlier this month.

Forbes first reported Saturday on the closing of the Long Beach location, as well as the five other Sears stores that were made public this week. It adds to the 11 Sears stores Transformco slated for closure just two weeks ago. Stores in Illinois, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Colorado were also reported to be closing.

The store in Long Beach used to be a Broadway department store and was converted into a Sears in 1995 when the new owner of Broadway Stores turned nearly 50 of its stores into Macy’s and Sears locations, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Long Beach Sears became the 31st location in the Los Angeles metro area, but after decades of decline and waves of store closures, the Long Beach location is the latest victim of liquidation.

There are now less than 30 Sears left in the country.

Transformco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.
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