Melville’s mayor weighed in on the news of a Sears store in the Rail City among the 59 locations ceasing operations across the country.
Walter Streelasky called it shocking.
“It’s very unfortunate news (and) devastating for our community…our Sears outlet in Melville provided great service for our community.” He said.
“We’re certainly going to encourage other business owners (and) entrepreneurs…to try to come to Melville and fill this void.”
29-hundred employees nation-wide are losing their jobs as part of a court-supervised restructuring process.
Other locations being closed are in Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.
In total, the former retail giant will axe 20 full Sears stores, 15 Sears Home Stores, all 10 outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown stores.
No time-frame was given for the closures.