Morgantown Kmart Closing
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on September 18, 2013 @ 7:39PM
Created on September 18, 2013 @ 6:56PM
On Wednesday, a popular store in Morgantown announced it will close its doors for good by the end of the year.
Kmart in Morgantown will be closing in December and many loyal shoppers said they're disappointed.
Charlie Scott said, "It's going to hurt a lot of people. Its got a grocery store, clothing store, garden center, now where are we going to go?"
Other shoppers said they hadn't heard about the stores future yet, but they could tell something was going on by the look on the faces of employees.
"I knew something must have happened today because I've never seen them act like that before. I've been coming here ever since it opened and everyone has treated me unbelievably good. I don't see why they would want to shut this down," said Rodney Rundle.
An anonymous source said workers were told not to talk about the situation and management was directed to tell people with questions to call the corporate communications office.
The company's statement read, "The Kmart store in Morgantown will close to the public in mid-December. Until then, the store will remain open for customers. The store will begin its liquidation sale on September 29. This store closure is part of a series of actions we're taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model. These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail - at the store, online and in the home. The store in Morgantown has 100 employees. They will have an opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores. "
Customers said they're surprised this happened and now they wonder what will happen to all of the workers.
"It came out of the blue and I generally feel bad for the people who will lose their jobs," said Ingeborg Milam.
The anonymous source also said employees were told if they stay until the closing date they will receive a small severance package, but if not they'll get nothing. 5 News was unable to confirm this with store representatives.
Although the liquidation hasn't begun, some items are already beginning to be marked down.
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