A total of eight full-time and 61 part-time employees at the Abbotsford Sears store will lose their jobs after Sears Canada announced Thursday that the location is one of 59 closing across Canada and the only one in the Lower Mainland.
An exact date for the Abbotsford store closure is not known, but a spokesman said “the liquidation is expected to occur over the coming weeks and months.”
The company announced that it will close more than half of its store locations across the country, amid seeking court protection and restructuring its company.
This will impact 2,900 employees, the retailer said in a statement.
In B.C., the retailer will close its doors in Grand Forks, Kamloops, Sechelt, Creston and Abbotsford.
Of the 59 closures, 20 are full-line locations, 15 are Sears Home stores, 10 – including the one at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford – are Sears Outlet stores, and 14 are Sears Hometown locations.
Abbotsford previously had a Sears Home store on Sumas Way, but that was replaced last year by a Leon’s Furniture location.
The Sears store in Sevenoaks Shopping Centre opened in 1999, becoming a Sears Outlet location in the last couple of years.