Overland Park Sears store, the last in KC area, closing soon

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The Sears Home & Life store in Overland Park is going out of business and holding a liquidation sale as it clears out its inventory.

The store, 6327 W. 119th St., is the last vestige of the once-iconic department store retailer in the Kansas City area and the last Sears-affiliated store in the state of Kansas.

Sears Home & Life’s parent company filed for bankruptcy

  • Sears Hometown, which is owned by private equity firm Transformco, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December.
  • The next month, the company announced the closure of more than 100 stores nationwide, including six in Kansas and three in Missouri.
  • But the Overland Park Sears Home & Life was not included in that announcement and local store officials told the Post at the time that they planned to remain open.

Sears Home & Life opened in Overland Park in 2019

  • At approximately 15,000-square-foot, the 119th Street store has focused on selling mattresses, appliances and other home products.
  • When it opened, the store was one of three locations that were part of Sears’ Home & Life concept, part of a larger rebrand after the retail giant’s 2018 bankruptcy.
  • Recent reports have shown the other two Sears Home & Life stores — in Anchorage, AK, and Lafayette, La., — are also closed or in the process of closing.

Sears has closed thousands of stores in last two decades

  • At its height in the early 2000s after a merger with Kmart, Sears operated more than 3,500 stores nationwide and was best known for anchoring indoor shopping malls across the U.S.
  • As with many other brick-and-mortar retailers, Sears’ sales and revenue have steadily declined over the past two decades, leading to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in 2018 and Transformco’s acquisition of much of the company’s assets.
  • According to its website, Sears now operates less than 80 retail locations nationwide, including traditional Sears outlets, Sears auto centers and Sears Hometown stores.
  • The last traditional Sears department store in Johnson County — on Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, once part of Metcalf South Mall — closed in 2017 and is now the site of a new mixed-use development centered around a gym and health club.

It’s unclear how long OP Sears Home & Life will remain open

  • Transformco did not respond to the Post’s request for comment for this story.
  • Signs in the windows of the Sears Home & Life on 119th Street says the store is closing and that everything is on sale.

About the author

Kyle Palmer
Kyle Palmer

Hi! I’m Kyle Palmer, the editor of the Johnson County Post.

Prior to joining the Post in 2020, I served as News Director for KCUR. I got my start in journalism at the University of Missouri, where I worked for KBIA, mid-Missouri’s NPR affiliate. After college, I spent 10 years as a teacher and went on to get a master’s degree in education policy from Stanford University.