Four Sears stores in Saskatchewan, including the one in Regina’s Cornwall Centre, are closing their doors.
The company will be closing down 59 stores and cut about 2,900 positions across Canada as it restructures its business.
Twenty full-line locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations are getting axed.
The full-line stores in Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert and the Sears Hometown store in Melville are among the closures.
Customers outside the Sears store in Regina Thursday were disappointed by the news but not necessarily surprised.
“They’re not keeping up the store, it isn’t what it used to be,” one customer said. “I’m disappointed people are going to lose their jobs and we won’t have a big department store because we don’t have a lot.”
One other customer, who used to work at Sears, is sad to see it come to this, given that it used to be one of the largest private employers in the city.
“It was at one time, even 1,200 people used to work there,” she said.
On Facebook, Ryan Anderson wrote “no surprise really. Even at the clearance center the prices weren’t great. The loss of jobs is the worst thing, but Sears just couldn’t compete in the changing economy.”
There is currently no timeline for when the stores will be closed.
Back in September 2016, the Sears building on Park Street in Regina was demolished.