St. Paul says goodbye to longtime Sears store

January 06, 2019 05:47 PM

The sun will set on St. Paul's iconic Sears store Sunday night, as the retail giant closes the location permanently.

The store, located on Rice Street near the Minnesota State Capitol, has been a fixture since 1963.


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People like Mary Beth Buchanan say this is a sad end for the retailer in town.

"It's a memory," Buchana said. "It may not be here, but keep those memories alive and tell people about it."

Buchanan said she would shop with her mother while her brothers were at school. She reflected on those memories Saturday afternoon, while taking photos of the building.

The store, which sits on 22-acres, is ripe for development, according to B Kyle, the president and CEO of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. 

"We've all been saying a long, sad goodbye for about 10 years to Sears and I think the sadness of these acres needs to be replaced by something exciting and new," Kyle said.

The site sits within view of the Minnesota State Capitol, the cathedral and is a block from the light rail.

But Kyle said what's next for the space is bittersweet.

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"It's really unfortunate that the opportunity is at the expense of employees losing their jobs and a company losing the opportunity for the next generation of growth," Kyle said.

Sears will close its doors for good at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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