A signs at the Fresno Sears store indicates the store will close this Sunday. Photo by David Castellon
Written by David Castellon
The Sears department store at Manchester Center in Fresno will be no more in less than a week.
Signs on the doors of the store state that its last day open will be Sunday, with a closing time of 2 p.m.
Currently, the store is open during its regular hours, as the last of the merchandise inside is sold off at greatly discounted prices.
The Fresno Sears, along with the one in Visalia, were among a series of store closures announced last year by their parent company Sears Holdings, as the once mighty department store chain tries to keep afloat amid increasing competition, especially from Amazon and other online vendors.
The 51,900-square-foot store had been about twice its current size, but as part of Sears Holding’s downsizing effort — before the closure announcement — the Manchester Center store had been reduced in size, with the vacated half currently finishing a conversion into separate Ross and dd’s Discount stores, along with three 2,000-square-foot retail spaces.
The Visalia Sears at Sequoia Mall had been scheduled to close Feb. 16, but there are unconfirmed reports the closure has moved up to Feb. 7. Multiple calls to the store to inquire about this went unanswered.
Once both stores close, the only full Sears store still operating in this area will be the one at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, along with the Sears Outlet store in Fresno.