Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sears Lufkin Mall, Lufkin Texas RIP January 2018

Here we are at the Lufkin Sears which is on the most recent store closure list, which will see 63 total stores closed in Jan 2018. This is the smallest Sears store I have been to with all of the departments that a major Sears store has. Not pictured is the home and mattress department. These photos are from earlier in 2017 and may be updated before the store closes. 

This Sears normally closed an hour before the mall did even on this Saturday night. 
The former electronics department was filled with odds and ends. A small selection of electronics still remained, but was later moved a few feet over into the Men's department.

As you can see that sign probably fell off the wall and was just left there behind the vacuums.


The selection of tools, appliances, and lawn equipment filled about 50% of the store space.







This store has an attached auto center and a few aisle of automotive items.
These are a good idea, but I hardly see anyone using them at Sears or Kmart. Missing a chair probably doesn't help this one to attract attention. 

Shoes and Mensware


A look at the rest of the store with Womensware and Children's clothing further down. The mall entrance is to the far left.


These were taken a few weeks later after the electronics were moved to the Men's department. 



More appliances filled the former electronics department a few weeks later as well.


2 comments:

  1. It is sad to hear about another Sears closing, but thanks for the pictures. This closure is especially difficult since Lufkin just lost their Kmart as well. Lufkin went from being in a rare position (for Texas at least) of having both a Kmart and a Sears to having neither. Sadly, the Kmart in Texarkana and the Sears in San Angelo will also be closing. Another couple of Sears will be closing in Arkansas. We’re already losing the Baybrook Mall, former Westwood Mall, and Midtown Sears stores in Houston.

    Lufkin still has a Wal-Mart, a Target, and a JCPenney as far as I know. Thus, the loss of Sears and Kmart may not create a large retail hole in the town, but it is a big loss. The mall will probably have a hard time recovering from Sears’ departure as I’m not sure if there’s huge demand for that anchor pad now. I certainly could be wrong about that though.

    The electronics department at the Lufkin Sears is similar to the current state of the Mall of the Mainland Sears. The rest of the store looks somewhat similar to the Mall of the Mainland Sears, but I think the departments are a little larger in the Lufkin store.

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    1. I had a feeling this Sears store would be going sooner rather than later. Each time I visited the Kmart, I also visited the mall and Sears. The Sears was always mostly empty despite good mall traffic. Lufkin has a good selection of big box stores as well and Belk. TJ Maxx opened in the mall a few years ago and there is also a recently updated Stage anchor.

      There is a small Sears Hometown store in nearby Nacogdoches so there will still be a presence in the area.

      The Lufkin Sears is a tiny store. It is probably only 30,000 square feet with the auto center included. The inventory was very light in nearly every department.

      I will try to make a pass by this store sometime before it closes.

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