New store to replace Sears at Macomb Mall

Sears to close in mid-September

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 6, 2017

 Sears Holdings Corp. will close the Sears at Macomb Mall in mid-September. Home furnishings and accessories store At Home will replace Sears this fall.

Sears Holdings Corp. will close the Sears at Macomb Mall in mid-September. Home furnishings and accessories store At Home will replace Sears this fall.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran

At the beginning of 2017, Sears Holdings Corp. announced that it would be closing what a Jan. 5 press release described as “non-profitable” Sears and Kmart stores nationwide. The Sears in Roseville wasn’t on the list at that time, but now the department store is slated to close.

Sears Holdings Director of Corporate Communications Howard Riefs confirmed in an email to C & G Newspapers July 5 that the Sears at Macomb Mall would be closing in mid-September.

“We can confirm that we are making the difficult but necessary decision to close the Sears store at 32123 Gratiot Ave. in Roseville. The store will close to the public in mid-September,” stated Riefs.

“The auto center will remain open and convert to a DieHard Auto Center,” he stated in the email.

Macomb Mall Assistant General Manager Apple Wick stated in an email to C & G Newspapers July 5 that the closing would bring “tremendous opportunity to the mall and surrounding area as a whole.”

The mall already has a new store lined up to replace Sears.

“At Home, a national retailer selling home furnishings and accessories, will take a substantial portion of the Sears store and will open this fall. Construction of At Home’s new store commenced a couple weeks back and will be a great traffic generator and addition to the Macomb Mall tenant roster.

“Lormax Stern, owners of the Macomb Mall, purchased a former Kmart/Sears building in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and leased the building to At Home. That location has been extremely successful. At Home’s merchandise has kept up with the times and their building is beautiful, which will complement the recent renovation of the Macomb Mall. The addition of At Home to the Macomb Mall will bring far more traffic to the property,” stated Wick.

According to Riefs, Sears began its liquidation sale June 30. Riefs also mentioned that customers who have Shop Your Way memberships will still be able to purchase items online.

“We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced. We understand that members may be disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors. As a result, we hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store by maintaining our relationships with the members who shopped this location,” stated Riefs.

Riefs stated the “number of associates is not publicly available,” but “those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.”

Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins believes the closing gives Roseville a “broader opportunity.”

“Although on one hand we were surprised to hear of the closing of the mall store, on the other hand we were not surprised looking at the overall health and fitness of Sears Holdings,” said Adkins.

“I don’t think it’s going to have a huge negative impact for the city; I think it will have probably a more positive impact,” he said.

“It’s so difficult to have a large retail space in a market that is really driven by smaller stores. I think the shift in shopping to more of online or order-and-pickup services have really contributed to this. Although I’m not happy to see it happen, I think the timing is good for it to happen now as opposed to having it languish on and maybe not have the marketability as we have in front of us today,” said Adkins.

At Home District Manager Tobie Shriver is excited about the store coming to Roseville.

“We offer the widest selection of home décor items to fit any budget or style, from modern to farmhouse, boho to elegant,” stated Shriver in an email to C & G Newspapers July 6. “We welcome everyone to explore the store and find decorating inspiration to turn any house into a home.”