SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The final days for the Miami Valley’s last Sears store are here.
Sunday, March 10th marks the end of an era when the Sears in Springfield will close its doors for the final time.
Clark County residents, like Pam Tanner, are upset to see Sears go because this was the last major retailer at the Upper Valley Mall.
Tanner, a lifelong Springfield resident, said now she will have to travel out of the county to do her shopping.
“It had so many stores, it was full, and now there’s nothing,” said Tanner. “The only reason I came here today was because it’s the last few days of this one being open, otherwise there’s nothing else here.”
Sears joins the list of J.C. Penney, Macy’s, and several others who have also gone dark.
But Aimee Springer is hopeful the open spaces make room for another source of entertainment.
“Maybe like a Scene 75 or a Dave and Busters, just something where kids can come and enjoy themselves without getting into trouble,” said Springer.
And that could be the case.
The mall is rumored to become a mixed-use space with a sports complex, restaurants and more.
The county has not confirmed that project but say they are saddened by Sears closing, adding
“The Clark County Land Reutilization Corp. is still in negotiations about a possible redevelopment opportunity at the Upper Valley Mall. We’ve been working hard on the project. We hope to have an official announcement in the near future.”
The closing deals at Sears range between 40-75 percent off.
On some items, an additional 30 percent off is given, but the items are going quick.