Liquidating store


in Elkhart, adjacent to a Kroger grocery, will close its doors in early October and the auto center will shut down later this month.

"Changes in consumer behavior are driving our vision and actions, and we continue to transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members."The Elkhart location, which has the auto center and appliance repair, is part of the former Pierre Moran Mall complex on the south side, near some other retailers. It's hard to imagine a community without a Sears but it's happening all over the country, so I suppose it was our turn."Another area store was in a previous closure announcement: the Kmart on Mc Kinley Avenue in Mishawaka.

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Hartford insisted on short-term leases wit renewal options, so that the stores could pick up and move on short notice as conditions dictated.

Some carried the bare minimum of produce items, and most operated with one or two employees.

“Until further notice, all Gordmans stores are operating as usual without interruption,” said Andy Hall, president and chief executive officer of Gordmans.

“The management team and all of our associates remain committed to continuing to provide great merchandise and service to our guests during this process.” Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners bought the business in 2008 and took it public two years later. Same-store sales fell more than 9 percent in the most recently reported quarter.

Kroger, Big Lots, CVS and Walgreens all have a presence in the immediate vicinity."It's not a reflection on Elkhart," said Kyle Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. I think some people thought sooner or later that'd be the case. It's scheduled to shutter in September and has already started the process of liquidating inventory."This is part of a strategy both to address losses from unprofitable stores and to reduce the square footage of other stores because many of them are simply too big for our current needs," Lampert said.

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