Bay Roberts Mall is losing a major tenant. The Sears Hometown store in Bay Roberts will close for good in early spring.
In a news release issued Wednesday, franchise owner Gerry White said the closure would impact three full-time employees and one part-time worker. The closure comes on the heels of similar moves made by Sears Canada at Hometown stores in Labrador City, St. Anthony, Gander and Marystown. Over the last year, the number of Hometown stores nationally has shrunk from over 125 to just over 70.
White believes Sears Canada’s decision to close reflects the company’s desire to move away from local store pickup service to direct home delivery. He claims a drawback for direct-to-home delivery will be that shipping costs on returns will be charged to customers.
Products at the Bay Roberts store will soon be priced for clearance before remaining stock is sent to Ontario.
According to White, Sears’ presence in Bay Roberts exceeds 30 years. He is unaware whether there are other retailers looking to move into the 5,000-square-feet location after the store closes.