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Sears is expected to close its last major store in its home state of Illinois on Sunday.

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Businesshala Business previously reported Transformco, Sears’ parent company, announced in September that the department store located at Woodfield Mall in Schomburg would close on November 14. “This is part of the company’s strategy to unlock and pursue the value of real estate. Use the highest and best for the benefit of the local community,” the company explained. The Daily Herald,

When the mall opened 50 years ago, Sears was the anchor store. News of its imminent final closure marks the end of an era for some local observers.

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“For me personally, and for the village and its residents, Sears has been such a presence in the Chicago area and the nation,” Schaumburg Mayor Tom Daly told the newspaper. “It would be sad to see it up close. I grew up with Sears. I have Sears tools. All my tools are Sears.”

Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchant Association, expressed a similar sentiment. WGN-TV, “First, we have to stop for a moment. I think we should be a little sad about what we’ve seen,” Kar said. “None of us are surprised, this is certainly another indication of the evolutionary nature of retail, but much of it is related to Sears itself and the decisions they made. But I think we have to be sad and We have to remember that it was an iconic, not just a national brand but an international brand, and that included generations to come.”

In 1892 Sears, Roebuck and Co. As established, the company became the nation’s largest retailer in large part due to its prestigious catalogue. After years of decline, the retailer went bankrupt Before being acquired by Transformco in 2018. Sears had over 1,600 stores as of 2016, and will be limited to just 34 once Schaumburg closes.

Businesshala Business contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.