Sears at Quail Springs Mall has begun liquidating its merchandise in anticipation of a January closing.
In February, General Growth Properties, which owns the north Oklahoma City mall and 144 others, announced it was buying 11 Sears stores nationwide for a total of $270 million.
Sears had owned the 182,000-square-foot store at Quail Springs Mall, even though it is attached to the main building, since the mall was built in the early 1980s.
Sears said Monday the store officially will close in late January; liquidation sales started last week. Last month, Sears notified the store's 98 workers of the impending closure. Those that are eligible will receive severance pay and were invited to apply for open positions at other Sears or Kmart stores, Sears said.
The other 10 properties included in the sale are in Honolulu; Coralville, Iowa; The Woodlands, Texas; Bellingham, Wash.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ocoee, Fla.; Rochester, Minn.; Champaign, Ill.; Murray, Utah; and Provo, Utah. The sale was completed in April.
When contacted Monday, David Keating, General Growth Properties vice president of corporate communications, said the company is still reviewing opportunities to fill the vacancy at the mall. He declined to comment further.