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Tue., Aug. 23, 2011, 2:31 p.m.

Spokane No. Division Kmart store to close in November, cutting 68 jobs

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Kmart and Sears Holding Co. officials on Tuesday confirmed that the Spokane North Division Kmart store will be closed in mid-November.

This is the location, at 6606 N. Division, where Lowe's is going to build a bigger, better hardware store for north Spokane residents. We had the original story on the plan more than a year ago.

Kimberly Freely, a spokeswoman for Sears Holding Corp., the parent company of Kmart, confirmed the operation will shut down, eliminating about 68 jobs.

"Those workers are encouraged to apply for openings with area Sears and Kmart stores," Freely said, but she added she is not sure how many openings now exist.

"Those who qualify will also get severance, of course," she said. 

Freely noted no plans have been announced to add any other Kmart stores -- a decision not very surprising considering the economic climate.

As the new Lowe's project moves forward, the other impacts will be eliminating the Life Center North Church, which occupies the former Lyons Avenue Cinemas building. A number of retail stores and the Szechuan Restaurant and Bar also will be demolished under the plan

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