LAVALE — Sears, a staple at the Country Club Mall since it opened in 1982, is closing, the Cumberland Times-News confirmed on Thursday.

Eldon W. Gottschalk & Associates of Huntington Beach, California, "has been authorized to handle the store closing ad campaign," according to an email sent to the newspaper's advertising department.

According to the email, that campaign will begin Nov. 21 and end Feb. 6, 2020.

It was unclear how many employees would be affected by the LaVale store's closure.

A spokeswoman for Sears Holding Corp. said Thursday she had no information about the store.

Sears will be the second anchor tenant in two years to leave the mall. Bon-Ton closed its doors in the summer of 2018.

In 2002, Kmart left the mall, but was replaced two years later by a Walmart Supercenter.

Sears Holdings Corp. has closed hundreds of Sears and Kmart stores around the country in the past year amidst financial struggles.

It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 15, 2018, at which time it had 700 stores across the U.S.

In August, plans were announced to shutter another 21 Sears stores and five Kmarts, but the LaVale store was not on that list. 

A spokesman for Florida-based Gumberg Asset Management Corp., which manages the Country Club Mall, also had no comment on Thursday.

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