Puyallup Kmart's closure will put 51 employees out of work

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- After 35 years providing the city's residents with clothing, furniture, electronics and more, Kmart is calling it quits in Puyallup, putting more than 50 employees out of work.

Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holdings, confirmed the store on River Road will close its doors for good in mid-November.

Until then, the store will remain open launching a going-out-of-business sale at the end of August.

In a statement released to the media, Riefs said the company chose not to renew its lease at the Puyallup location.

The Puyallup store originally opened in 1978, and Riefs said the 51 employees currently working at the Puyallup store are encouraged to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears locations.

Kmart continues to operate stores in Tacoma, Spanaway, and Kent.