The stores rolled out in Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania, with plans to open a total of about 30 new stores by the end of the year.
This comes as other retailers continue to shutter stores and lay off employees. Last week, Sears (SHLD - Get Report) said it would close 21 stores and eliminate about 1,000 positions. Of the stores closing, eight will be Sears department stores and the other 12 will be Kmart stores. The closings are expected to be completed by May 9.
Sears already closed 27 stores during the fourth quarter and 62 stores in total in 2009.Earlier this year, Macy's (M), Home Depot (HD), Wal-Mart (WMT) and Borders (BGP) also revealed plans to close stores and cut jobs. -- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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