Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

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Sears Holdings announced Thursday their Sears location in the La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara will be closed by February, along with 39 other Sears and Kmart locations.

The struggling corporation filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 15 with approximately 700 total stores in operation. In June of this year, they announced 46 unprofitable stores would be closing, including the Kmart location in Goleta, and in October 142 more stores were planning to close.

Altogether, Sears Holdings will have fewer than 500 Kmart and Sears locations remaining. They have estimated about 400 stores could remain profitable if surviving bankruptcy.

The Sears location in off La Cumbre has been a mainstay in the area for several decades. The company owns the property where the retail store sits, and it's unclear what will happen to the building. 

Below is the list of the 40 stores set to close in February:

Kmart

California
Temecula: 26471 Ynez Road
 
Illinois
Chicago: 3443 W. Addison
Springfield: 3250 Clear Lake Road
 
Maine
Waterville: 18 Elm Plaza
 
New York
Huntington: 805 New York Ave.
 
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia: 7101 Roosevelt Blvd.
North Versailles: 1901 Lincoln Hwy.
Puerto Rico
San German: Castro Perez Ave. (Pr 122)
Guaynabo / San Juan: 100 Ave. San Patricio
Caguas: Betamces 400, Las Catalinas Mall
 
Wisconsin
Cudahy: 6077 S. Packard Ave.

Sears

 
Alaska
Fairbanks: Airport Way
 
Arizona
Phoenix: 4604 E. Cactus Road
 
California
Santa Barbara: La Cumbre Plz.
 
Connecticut
Meriden: 470 Lewis Ave.
 
Florida
Boynton Beach: 801 N. Congress Ave.
Jensen Beach: 3342 N.W. Federal Hwy. U.S. 1
 
Idaho
Idaho Falls: 2300 E. 17th St.
 
Indiana
Michigan City: Marquette Mall
 
Maryland
Bethesda: 7103 Democracy Blvd.
 
Michigan
Battle Creek: 5575 B Drive N.
 
Mississippi
Meridian: 1740 Bonita Lakes Circle
Toledo: 1001 Barnes Crossing Road
 
North Carolina
Winston-Salem: 3320 Silas Creek Pkwy.
 
Nebraska
Grand Island: 3404 W. 13th St.
 
Nevada
Las Vegas: 4355 Grand Canyon Dr.
 
New York
Saratoga Springs: 3065 Route 50
Watertown: 21182 Salmon Run Mall
 
Ohio
Piqua: 987 E. Ash St.
 
Pennsylvania
Reading / Wyomissing: 1665 State Hill Road
Stroudsburg: 344 Stroud Mall
 
South Carolina
Rock Hill: 2197 Dave Lyle Blvd.
 
Tennessee
Memphis: Southland Mall
Chattanooga: 401 Northgate Mall
Maryville: 198 Foothills Mall
Murfreesboro: 1720 Old Fort Pkwy.
 
Texas
El Paso: 750 Sunland Park Dr.
Longview: Longview Texas Mall
 
Virginia
Glen Allen / Richmond: 10101 Brook Road
 
Wisconsin
Janesville: 2500 Milton Ave.
 

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PurpleBee Nov 10, 2018 12:50 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Staples, Vons La Cumbre, OSH, K-Mart & Sears. From what I've heard Macy's might be next. When will Target be open to pick up the business? I've driven by the one on State and it doesn't look good. Perhaps they will shelve it entirely. I'll go back to Ventura to shop. WalMart, Kohls, JC Penneys, Lowes, & .99 Cent Stores you can shop in and not worry about being attacked. I really miss Mervyn's though. I am also remembering the candy department in Sears fondly from my childhood. (There's a See's Candies in Goleta now!) Do you remember the diner in Sears as well?

ASolis Nov 09, 2018 11:27 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

would be interesting to see if if would be cheaper for the SBPD to renovate the building to use for it's purposes (fits the criteria except for not being downtown, but it does have the auto repair area also). Plenty of space and parking for its needs and wont displace other groups. Or how about Walmart? We have Target coming in, why not Walmart? That would be a great replacement grocery store for the Vons that left that area as well as a replacement for the "department" store items.

tagdes Nov 10, 2018 12:35 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Whoa...I've been id'd by someone hiding behind a number. Kudos, you either know me or you pay attention to posts for you to say "county roads". I'm hardly a know it all, I simply try get some incite to the subject prior to commenting...and I've been wrong before and admitted it.

a-1542210601 Nov 10, 2018 07:59 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Every site has its resident know it alls. I have been known to aggressively chime in when my area of expertise comes up . I have come to assume Tadges is some type of retired county roads guy....Tadges ?

tagdes Nov 09, 2018 06:35 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

One more time.....they don't have millions to buy property.......that's why they are looking at city owned sites.....some day, maybe some of you will have some idea of what you are talking about prior to jumping into the discussion................Not to mention that it's not even for sale.

Flicka Nov 09, 2018 08:22 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Thrift stores and yard sales are the best places to shop. the only thing I buy new are groceries. The Lasarzic (sp?) family had a farm where Sears and other stores are. When the building of the mall started I heard the family gave a 99 year lease on the land, that was about 50 years ago.

letmego Nov 09, 2018 10:37 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

That only really works if you have patience, time, and a desire to shop. I liked Sears because when my kid needed plain black pants and a white shirt, they were easy to find. When husband wears out his 2 pairs of jeans annually, easy to find. Yard sales and thrift stores require a lot more patience if you need something specific. Otherwise, my kids live in t-shirts and shorts that are mostly hand me downs. And we wear stuff till it falls apart!

Nature Boy Nov 09, 2018 07:21 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

SANTABARBARAOBSERVER: Most communities don’t have a department store “except for WalMart”??? That’s a pretty big exception. Like saying California doesn’t have any coastline except their west coast.

Nature Boy Nov 09, 2018 03:29 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

OBSERVER: I think you missed my point. You said that most communities don’t have a department store except a WalMart. I’m saying WalMart IS a department store, which sells nearly everything under the sun. And i don’t live in any “bubble”, I’ve travelled extensively around the US.

letmego Nov 09, 2018 10:42 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Every place I've visited in the last five years has department stores. Including other areas of So Cal (I mean, strip mall after strip mall with them). Arizona. Colorado. Utah. PA. NY. Rural areas, suburban areas...all of them.

SantaBarbaraObserver Nov 09, 2018 07:43 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

I know its hard to imagine NatureBoy, but there are 350million +/- people east of you who live entirely differnt lives than you. Maybe you should get in a car or bus and go see for yourself? It might do you wonders to see this beautiful country and understand a little more about the people and the places that make up America. You'll learn that most of the USA is nothing like SB or SoCal and you'll also see for yourself how people really live out there beyond the bubble...

Factotum Nov 09, 2018 09:15 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

I feel bad for those who think commercial retail is supposed to be a charity operation ,while they themselves refuse to part with their own money that would support those business operations.

Potif Nov 09, 2018 01:32 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

I feel bad for all the people who work there. And, for the folks who deliver the stock items to the store. A lot of people are affected when a store closes.

EastBeach Nov 08, 2018 11:12 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

PITMIX is spot on. Sears CEO Eddie Lambert and his hedge fund ESL Investments positioned themselves to suck Sears and it's shareholders dry after mismanaging the company for years. Most business journals have been writing articles about Lambert's moves for a few years now. Guess who already owns much of Sear's best real estate? Guess who own's the bulk of Sear's senior debt? Sure, he'll lose his equity positions but he'll make up for it with all he's been sucking out of Sears ........ https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/03/22/sears-holdings-ceo-eddie-lampert/99487518/ .............. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/10/16/the-sears-bankruptcy-wasnt-inevitable/?utm_term=.1e13b7197b8a

midair Nov 08, 2018 09:08 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Sears failed to adapt to new realities. Unlike Target they kept their stores perpetually stuck in the 1970's. Their CEO specialized in cannibalizing companies, selling off the most profitable divisions (Craftsman tools, Kenmore, etc.) and using corporate leveraging. To see how it's done watch season 3 of Fargo.

a-1542210601 Nov 10, 2018 09:43 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Old-timers will validate that. I can only remember playing on the empty lot that is now Robinsons/May/Whatever It Is Now. I don't remember seeing cows. :-)

a-1542210601 Nov 09, 2018 08:10 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Sears does not own the land under their building. They (Sears) have a ground lease, subject to numerous other restrictions. The owners of the fee (land) are the descendants of the family that once farmed that land. Redevelopment - to anything other than Sears - is complicated and onerous but not impossible, the first and most important step being getting Sears out of the picture. The article doesn’t say, is Sears filing BK reorganization because if they are, then The BK process will determine the fate of the property in the short term.

a-1542210601 Nov 09, 2018 08:10 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Sears does not own the land under their building. They (Sears) have a ground lease, subject to numerous other restrictions. The owners of the fee (land) are the descendants of the family that once farmed that land. Redevelopment - to anything other than Sears - is complicated and onerous but not impossible, the first and most important step being getting Sears out of the picture. The article doesn’t say, is Sears filing BK reorganization because if they are, then The BK process will determine the fate of the property in the short term.

tagdes Nov 08, 2018 06:04 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Neither the State or the City has the money to buy this property or the State & Las Positas property so lets try to keep in mind possible solutions as opposed to nice pie in the sky ideas.

a-1542210601 Nov 08, 2018 05:23 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Can't say we didn't see this coming but it's still sad, end of an era. I'll be doing alot more driving to Ventura now, heck, might as well move there too, it's cheaper, more down to earth and much more to offer in terms of shopping, etc.

sbpajuco108 Nov 08, 2018 05:19 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Wow it’s a bummer with Kmart gone and now Sears where can we buy kids/men’s clothes and prices were fair and good deals on tools Craftsmen! I guess we all better get used to going out of town to shop.

VinSB Nov 09, 2018 09:00 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Old Navy, Costco... Target is the best source of kids clothing, socks and underwear. And they'll have the size in stock! Shopping for kids underwear at Kmart was ridiculous (they only stocked size 2T and 14 Husky which were all mixed up) And don't forget Ebay. I recently bought my husband a brand new replacement pair of Route 66 carpenter jeans for $15

mp805 Nov 08, 2018 05:11 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Ill be honest Im bummed! Enjoyed shopping around the tool department here and bought items frequently. This will no doubt be a tear-down, turned into a mix use Shops below, pack and stack apartments above.

jdoggydogg Nov 08, 2018 05:00 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Sears was King in the 70s and 80s. That was quite a community center and loved running into the true local sb during those times. With no links to the past we drift aimlesslessly. ¡Huskys por vida! And that Made In USA Craftsman tools. Still perfect and will outlive me for sure.

John Swepston Nov 08, 2018 04:54 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Shopping in Santa Barbara is a joke. Someday our city leaders will wake up and realize they have created a hostile enviroment for retailers. Oh well, I guess Ventura County will get all my holiday shopping money and associated sales tax dollars this year.

John Swepston Nov 10, 2018 11:59 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Not knee jerk at all. Possibly worded poorly. The city is opposed to letting major retailers move in and has been for years. Hence nothing to replace those that close. As a result, my dollars will go to a more retail friendly municipality .

RHS Nov 09, 2018 08:38 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Amazing knee jerk reaction to blame "city leaders" for the incompetence and greed of the business community. Included are the landlords that want Sears out of their "high end" shopping center and the creeps that took over Sears to bleed it dry. These behaviors are all aided and abetted by the tax laws and the new tax "relief" to corporations who can write off paper losses even when selling for a higher value. Meanwhile the people who work there and the rest of us are simply moved around the board like the pawns that we are.

a-1542210601 Nov 08, 2018 04:49 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Let's see, I can shop around from my phone in the comfort of my own home. Or, I can waste my valuable time wandering through a smelly store with only 1-2 options of items. In case anyone doesn't realize it yet, but retail is dead. Other than clothing, groceries, simple hardware, and maybe some household supplies there is no reason to go into a brick and mortar store any more. I, for one, see this as a good thing. Despite the inevitable complaints from "Change is Evil" crowd, this space is best suited for more housing of the "affordable" kind which we so desperately need.

a-1542210601 Nov 10, 2018 06:48 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

I agree we need more affordable housing, but if retails goes, as you suggest, where are these lower incomed people going to work? Government is a big employer but most of those niches are already taken. Going to Ventura to shop is not an option for most low income people here, nor is online shopping on a regular basis.

letmego Nov 09, 2018 10:39 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

It's fascinating when you think we may have come full circle. Back in ancient times (early US days), the only way to get things was by mail-order catalog. It was simply too hard or expensive to have stores everywhere. And now we have Amazon.

yacht rocked Nov 08, 2018 04:32 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

Might be a good location for the new SB PD HQ campus, along with vehicle maintenance fleet garage. Throw in an adjacent park/open space and you might have a deal with the neighbors. Save some space for future needs too.

REX OF SB Nov 08, 2018 04:04 PM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

With the demise of our local Sears, I'll bet there isn't another community the combined size of SB/Goleta/Carp in the country that has NO major retail department stores, except for Macy's. Note to area merchants: Good job of keeping all the competition out. Now, at least until Target gets here, we've got to drive to Ventura for EVERYTHING.

letmego Nov 09, 2018 10:34 AM
Sears to Close La Cumbre Store and 39 Others

I have not found that to be the case at all, from So Cal to Arizona to rural PA to NY to CO - basically anywhere that I have visited in the last five years.

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