JASPER, IN (WFIE) - It’s the end of an era as Sears files for bankruptcy.
A manager at the K-Mart in Jasper, which is the last one in the Tri-State area, says they have not heard from corporate, but many employees tell 14 News they are starting the job hunt.
This Jasper K-Mart is one of 10 still open in the state. Sears Holdings, which owns K-Mart, says they are closing more stores after the holidays.
There is a Sears Hometown store on Jasper’s north side, that should stay open, because it is independently owned and Sears Hometown is different than Sears Holdings.
But this K-Mart is part of a strip retail space known as “Jasper Manor,” a location that JCPenny’s in the town closed from. Now, there’s only a few other tenants left.
People we spoke to say it’s starting to look like an eye sore. Others, are sad to see it go.
We will have more on this story coming up on 14 News at 10 p.m.