TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) - A liquidation sale will mark the beginning of the end next week for Sears' Trotwood location, which company officials announced will close in mid-January.
The 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," said Sears Holdings director of Corporate Communications Howard Riefs.
The Salem Mall location employs 67 people, all of whom, Riefs said, would have the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores.
Kathleen Stidham can remember when the letters on posts towering above the parking lots were needed outside Sears so you could find your car in the crowds.
"When the whole mall was bustling, it was a very neat place to come," Stidham says.
But now the posts stand sentry over a largely deserted parking lot.
When Sears closes in January no trace of the Salem Mall, the Dayton area's first enclosed regional shopping mall, will remain.
"We're going to be sad and disappointed," Stidham says. "This is a very convenient store for us. Been here for years. Shopped here for years."
Trotwood has been trying to breathe new life into the former mall site for about a decade.
Information we found shows the city hired a development manager as far back as 2003 to turn the mall area into an open air shopping center called The Landmark.
Those plans never happened.
Now the city is working on a development there called the Technology Business Park, which will focus on advanced energy storage companies.
We called Trotwood's city manager to ask how the Sears closure will impact those plans but was told he's not ready to talk about the issue yet.
But those who shop there are concerned about whether businesses will move to that space.
"It's a hurting thing as far as trying to build this area back up and draw people here," says Norman Chester.
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