News : Sears Cutting 274 Jobs at Two Columbus Operations
Oct 30, 2014 -- Columbus was spared in the latest round of Sears and Kmart store closings, but the city is still feeling the ax of the downsizing company.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based Sears Holdings Corp. will close two Columbus operations, eliminating 274 jobs, according to filings with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Its call center at 6230 Busch Blvd. will close by Nov. 9, costing 112 jobs, the company said, and its distribution center at 4100 Lockbourne Industrial Parkway will close by Jan. 16, leading to 162 job losses.
A Sears spokesman said in an email the company is optimizing its call center operations and distribution network to fit with its reduced store count. Eligible associates will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for other positions within the company.
The filings with the state called the facilities "product repair centers."
The disclosures to the state come as news came out last week that Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) would be closing more than 100 Sears, Sears Auto Center and Kmart stores.
Sears has not commented on its plans, but investor research website Seeking Alpha has been keeping a tab of the planned closings. Only five stores are being shuttered in Ohio, including Kmarts in Marysville and Springfield and a Sears Auto Center in Marion.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, October 31, 2014