Sears in Westfield Montgomery Mall set to close next year

FILE - This May 11, 2017 file photo shows a Sears store in Hialeah, Fla. Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter losses and plunging sales. The struggling retailer said Thursday, May 31, 2018 that it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning profits, and 72 of those locations will be shuttered soon. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

WASHINGTON — Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, may say goodbye to one of its department stores next year.

Bethesda Magazine reports that the Sears store is set to close on March 31, 2019, in order to make room for new development.

Westfield Montgomery Mall is planning a mixed development destination that is set to include shops, restaurants, parks and housing.

Calls from WTOP to both Westfield Montgomery Mall and Sears have yet to be returned.

Sears plans to close 63 stores in September, with only about 800 stores of the retailer remaining.

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