Florida will be hit hardest by closures of Sears and Kmart stores, losing 11, according to a preliminary list of 79 of 120 planned closures; Ohio, Michigan, Georgia will lose six stores apiece; no Canadian stores will close

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois , December 30, 2011 () – Florida will be hit the hardest by the closing of Sears and Kmart stores, losing 11, according to a preliminary list of 79 planned closures released Thursday.

Ohio, Michigan and Georgia are not far behind with six store closures planned in their states. Tennessee, North Carolina and Minnesota are set to lose four stores each.

A spokeswoman for Sears Holding Corp. said each store employs between 40 and 80 people.

None of the closures announced so far are in Sears' home state of Illinois.

The 125-year-old retailer said on Tuesday it would close up to 120 stores to raise cash, but that the closures did not apply to Sears Canada Inc., the U.S. retailer's Toronto-based subsidiary, which has been streamlining itself under a new leadership team to help reverse recent losses.

"We're not in a position where we're closing stores," said Sears Canada spokesman Vincent Power. "If anything, we're looking on how to improve them."

The projected closings represent only about three per cent of Sears Holdings' U.S. stores. Sears and Kmart merged in 2005. The company now has about 3,560 stores in the U.S. That's up from 3,500 immediately after the merger.

Here is the list of closures announced so far: — Florida (11): Sears in Deland, Stuart, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Crystal River; Kmart in Fernandina Beach, Callaway, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, Orange City and Pompano Beach.

— Ohio (6): Kmart in Chagrin Falls, Springfield, Toledo (2), Medina and Columbus.

— Michigan (6): Sears in Brighton, Harper Woods, Monroe, Adrian, Washington Township and Chesterfield Township.

— Georgia (6): Sears in Macon; Kmart in Buford, Douglasville, Atlanta, Columbus and Jonesboro.

— Tennessee (4): Sears in Antioch, Cleveland, Oak Ridge; Kmart in Hendersonville.

— North Carolina (4): Sears in High Point, Morehead City, Rocky Mount and Statesville.

— Minnesota (4): Kmart in Willmar, Duluth, New Hope and White Bear Lake.

— Kentucky (3): Sears in Middleboro; Kmart in Winchester and Hazard.

— Alabama (3): Sears in Mobile; Kmart in Auburn and Gadsden.

— California (3): Sears in San Diego (2) and El Monte.

— Virginia (3): Sears in Norfolk; Kmart in Midlothian and Richmond.

— Indiana (3): Sears in Anderson; Kmart in St. John and Indianapolis.

— Colorado (3): Sears in Longmont; Kmart in Glenwood Springs and Broomfield.

— Mississippi (3): Sears in Jackson, McComb and Columbus.

— New Hampshire (2): Sears in Nashua and Keene.

— Missouri (2): Sears in Lee's Summit and St. Louis.

— Wisconsin (2): Sears in West Baraboo; Kmart in Rice Lake.

— Pennsylvania (2): Sears in Upper Darby and Pottstown.

— Washington (2): Sears in Walla Walla; Kmart in Lacey.

— Iowa (2): Kmart in Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

— Idaho (1): Sears in Lewiston.

— Maryland (1): Sears in Ellicott City.

— Kansas (1): Sears in Lawrence.

— Oregon (1): Sears in Roseburg.

— South Carolina (1): Sears in Sumter.

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