Transform SR LLC, the parent company of Sears, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the New York State Department of Labor. WARN gives employees the legally required notice of 90 days before their positions are eliminated in certain layoffs and closings.
The WARN notice about the Sears location in Lake Grove posted on the NYS Department of Labor’s website today, Feb. 12. The notice is dated Feb. 6.
According to the notice, the Smith Haven Mall Sears department store and auto center will close as of May 6. The job losses will add up to 77, the notice indicated.
The same company that owns Sears also owns Kmart. The Kmart location in Farmingville on North Ocean Avenue closed late last year and the Bohemia store on Sunrise Highway will shut down as of Feb. 16.
In August when speaking about closing Kmart’s Farmingville store, company spokesman Larry Costello told OnSachem, “We will continue to evaluate our network of Sears and Kmart stores and cannot rule out additional store closures in the near term. Our goal remains to return the company to profitability and preserve as many jobs as possible in the communities we serve.”
Since that statement, the company subsequently announced the closings of Kmart in Bohemia and Sears in Lake Grove.