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York County's only Kmart is closing

Junior Gonzalez
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The Kmart on Haines Road in Springettsbury Township is closing in September.

Kmart on Haines Road in Springettsbury Township, Friday, June 23, 2017. The store is the last in York County and will be closing in September. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Springettsbury Township store, the only Kmart in York County, is part of the latest rounds of closures for the discount store chain and its sister chain Sears.

Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs confirmed the news in an emailed statement, calling the decision "difficult, but necessary."

The store will close in mid-September and will start a liquidation sale on June 29, according to Riefs.

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"We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced," he said.

Riefs declined to state the number of retail associates at the Haines Road location, but he said they are eligible to receive severance, as well as the opportunity to apply for positions in other area Sears or Kmart locations.

The Sears store in the York Galleria mall is not slated for closure.

Kmart on Haines Road in Springettsbury Township, Friday, June 23, 2017. The store is the last in York County and will be closing in September. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Decline: More than 200 Sears and Kmart store closures have been announced since the beginning of the year, according to The Associated Press.

Real estate investment trust company Seritage acquired 235 locations from parent company Sears Holdings in 2015, including the Springettsbury Kmart, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The agreement allowed Sears to continue operating the stores and leasing them from Seritage.

In a separate SEC report by Seritage filed today, Sears Holdings alerted Seritage that it planned to close 20 of those stores, including the Kmart on Haines Road.

Sears will pay Seritage a termination fee equal to one year’s base rent and operating expenses, according to the filing.