Sears Holdings announced Thursday it will close 103 stores around the country by early April — 64 KMarts and 39 Sears.
Macy’s and JC Penney reported holiday sales growth but haven’t said yet if that growth reversed the string of quarterly losses that threaten both retail chains and others. Macy’s announced plans to close 11 stores and put 5,000 employees out of work. That’s on top of earlier store closures and “reductions in force.”
More store closures by JC Penney are coming.
Why? Because at least half of the holiday sales increase for 2017 went to online Amazon.
Some of that growth came from our house. We didn’t set foot in a single shopping mall store this holiday season. Both Sears and KMart are long gone from our shopping radius. We haven’t been in a Macy’s for years.
Our Christmas gifts came from Floyd retail outlets for unique gifts and then Amazon for items like the new zoom telephoto camera lens Amy gave me for Christmas as well as special online shops for new boots, jewelry and clothing items and a new computer for her.
Amy worked for a Sears in Illinois in her earlier days before she got work as an actress and then as a buyer for the Hecht Company in Washington during part our time there. The Sears store where she worked is long gone and Hecht is now Macy’s.
Floyd had a Sears catalog store for a while. It is gone too.
Last year, the Macy’s in Alton, Illinois, closed. It was a Famous-Barr store during our time there and had a nice, intimate restaurant in a rotunda on top. I proposed to Amy in that restaurant in 1978.
In the 1980s, I used a Radio Shack Model 100 laptop with a small LCD screen while on the road. I still have that computer in a box somewhere but Radio Shack is gone. One of my early computers was an Atari 800, which also sits in a box in our house. Atari is gone.
So is our favorite restaurant where we dined often in Arlington during our 23 years in the National Capital Region. I bought my first Macintosh computer at Woodward and Lothrop at Seven Corners in Falls Church, Virginia. The store closed before the left the area.
The Magic Pan restaurant where we often enjoyed crepes was the last one to close when the national chain folded. I bought my first Nikon F single lens reflex camera in 1965 at Ewald Clark on Church Avenue in Roanoke. It was gone by the time I came back to Floyd 40 years lager. My last Nikon, a D2, came from Penn Camera shortly before we left DC and moved to Floyd. That store is long gone too. I switched from Nikon to Canon during my first year in Floyd.
Change happens. In many ways, it is a constant in our lives.