Can't say that I'm surprised but all the Sears department stores here are closing down permanently. When we retired several years ago we downsized and bought all new Sears appliances for our new home. We bought what we thought were better quality appliances and expected them to last at least 10 years without any major issues. However, within 3-4 years we had serious problems with two of the appliances. Both times, we experienced the worst service ever... from Sears (long story!), and after consulting other appliance repair businesses decided it would be necessary to replace one appliance and then another. Afterwards, we heard similar stories from others, both in our own small community and online. Since then I've rarely shopped at any Sears store and would definitely not purchase any appliance, large or small, from them ever again. I do feel for the employees, some of whom have been with Sears for decades, who have lost not only their jobs but according to the news media, appear to be facing serious challenges in receiving any severance, pension etc.