City officials in Grand Rapids have been notified that Kmart, located in the Pokegama Plaza, will be permanently shutting its doors. Details of the planned closure remain unclear. Unofficial reports, however, suggest the store would close in June.
Grand Rapids Community Development Director Rob Mattei said that the property currently occupied by Kmart is leased, but the city hasn’t yet been in contact with the property owner. He added that the city would work to secure a new tenant or reuse the property in some other way.
Corporate communications spokesman Howard Reifs of Sears Holdings, owner of Kmart, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the Grand Rapids store.
On a national scale, Kmart and Sears have shuttered a number of stores. USA Today reported that at least 22 Sears and 11 Kmart stores have been closed since January. Earlier this year, Minnesota news media reported that Kmart stores in Alexandria and Fergus Falls would close this spring. The company is expected to release its financial results this week, but had not done so as of press time.