Sears store in New Glasgow
NEW GLASGOW – A longtime Pictou County retailer will close its doors next fall.
Sears, located in the Highland Square Mall, will not be renewing its lease and will close its doors for good on Sept. 20, 2016, said a company spokeswoman.
“The lease for the Sears store in New Glasgow has come to its natural conclusion, and the store will close next September when the lease expires,” said Alicia Richler, director of corporate affairs for Sears Canada Inc.
The New Glasgow store currently employs a little over 40 staff, most of whom are part-time. Richler said they will be interviewed and placement in another Sears location in another community might be possible.
Sears first opened its doors in the Highland Square Mall in 1986 and in late 2013 it changed to an outlet store.
Richler said the company looked at the wants and needs of many of its stores across the country and it was felt that customers in Pictou County were interested in a store that offered more clearance items.
“We said let’s try this for our local customers,” she said, adding the products carried in the store were a few months or weeks behind the latest product lines.
“As you know, the Sears store in New Glasgow is currently one of our stores, and Sears assesses each store on a regular basis. While we had hoped to find success in the outlet format, this store has not performed to our expectations,” she said.
The retail chain is focusing more and more on its online and catalogue service, she said.
“We are discovering that more and more of our customers really love shopping online,” she said adding that the majority of online shopping is done by women age 35 to 50 and 55 to 70.
Richler said the closure does not affect its online service, catalogue shopping or home delivery and the Pictou location will continue to be open.
“The team is always looking for local agents for merchandize,” she said.
At this point, the New Glasgow store is only one in the province that has been given an official closing date, but she said the company regularly looks at all of its natural leases as they draw close to expiry.