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Sears Holdings announced Thursday, April 26, that the company will be closing its location at the York Galleria.

"We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity," wrote corporate communications director Howard Riefs in an email.

The company made the decision to accelerate the closing of its unprofitable stores, but it's not a decision based solely on cost savings, Riefs wrote.

It's part of a strategy aimed at closing larger stores too big for the company's needs, he said.

"Having fewer stores — and the right format — will help us bring Sears Holdings to a size and place to meet the realities of the changing retail world," Riefs wrote.

The decision to close the York store was difficult but necessary, he continued.

York Galleria's Sears, at 2899 Whiteford Road, in Springettsbury Township, will be open to the public through early August, and a liquidation sale will begin May 18.

Associates who are eligible will receive severance and the opportunity to apply for open positions at other area Sears or Kmart stores, and members and customers are encouraged to shop at other locations listed at sears.com/stores.

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