The company that owns Sears and Kmart plans to close 72 stores nationwide, but none are in the central San Joaquin Valley, which has already been hit with closures.
Earlier this year Kmart stores in Coalinga and Kingsburg closed during a round that shuttered 150 stores.
However, the manager of Manchester Center in Fresno says its Sears is one of the company’s top-performing stores.
Sears and Kmart face the same challenges as other stores that have closed in the Valley. Shoppers are increasingly turning to online retailers and going to discount stores. Trendy fast-fashion stores like Forever 21 are also luring away young shoppers.