Two North Texas Sears stores to close in March 2019

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The Columbus store is not on the Sears Holdings list of those to be closed.

Sears previously announced its stores at Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa and at Country Side Mall in Clearwater, as well as Kmart stores at 5400 E. Busch Boulevard in Tampa and 1602 W. Brandon Boulevard in Brandon. Sears faces a self-imposed deadline of 4 pm ET on Friday for bids.

Suffering from falling sales and heavy debt, it planned to close 142 of about 700 stores and cut thousands of jobs.

In October, Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart stores, announced that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in order to try and save the company.

The closings come on top of 40 other store closures Sears expects to complete in February.

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A manager at the Kmart in Fostoria declined to answer questions, such as how many people are employed at the store.

Also, Sears is closing 80 more stores. Sears' chairman, Eddie Lampert, has been trying to buy the company out of bankruptcy through his hedge fund, ESL Investments.

Robin Lewis, a New York-based retail consultant, questioned whether Lampert is honestly trying to save the business and bring it out of business.

While Lampert has said he intends to make the bid, he has not formally filed one with the bankruptcy court.

The 80 stores are due to close by March.