Sunday will be the final day of business at the Alton Square Sears. The Alton location is one of two full-line Sears stores that was slated for closure following an announcement on February 23rd. In addition to the other full-line Sears, the coporation will also be closing a Grand Essentials Sears, nine Great Indoors home redecorating and remodeling locations and 12 Kmart stores across the country this year, which will result in the loss of more than 600 jobs nationwide. The Alton Kmart is not among those being shut down.
City officials are still considering ideas for the type of business that could fill the 44-thousand sqare feet vacancy that the closure will create.