Enter Details

Comment on stories, receive email newsletters & alerts.

This is your permanent identity for Business Insider Australia
Your email must be valid for account activation
Minimum of 8 standard keyboard characters


Email newsletters but will contain a brief summary of our top stories and news alerts.

Forgotten Password

Enter Details

Back to log in

18 Sad Photos Of Deserted Sears Stores

Dead sears mallNicholas EckhartThis is an abandoned Sears in North Randall, Ohio.

All over America, malls are disappearing.

As we reported earlier this month, about 15% of U.S. malls will fail or be converted into non-retail space within the next 10 years, according to Green Street Advisors, a real estate and REIT analytics firm.

Many mall failures have been expedited in recent years by the closure of anchor stores, including Sears, which has shut down roughly 300 stores since 2010.

Nicholas Eckhart has been tracking Sears and other retailers on his blog

For this post, we compiled his images of abandoned or struggling Sears stores.

This abandoned Sears in North Randall, Ohio, closed in 2009. It's part of the now-defunct Randall Park Mall, which opened in 1976 and once housed more than 200 stores before closing in May 2009.

Abandoned Sears in North Randall, Ohio Sears closed in 2009. Randall Park Mall

The Randall Park Sears, seen from another angle, was the last remaining anchor in operation before the mall closed in 2009. The JCPenney closed in 2001, followed by Dillard's in 2003 and Macy's in 2008.

The Woodville Mall in Northwood, Ohio, opened in 1969 with JCPenney, Sears, Lasalle's, and Woolworth as anchors, Eckhart notes. The mall closed in 2011 and this Sears is now the last remaining operating business on the site.

This Perrysburg, Ohio Sears Outlet, which was formerly a Kmart, appears to have a lot of empty space available.

This section of the outlet -- which is closed to the public -- appears to be in disarray.

This former Kmart store in Solon, Ohio, was converted to a 'Sears Grand' in the early 2000s. The concept failed within a couple years and this is now one of the last remaining 'Sears Grand' stores in operation.

Eckhart noted this confusing sign inside the Sears Grand.

There appears to be a lot of empty shelf space at this Sears Grand in Tarentum, Pa.

This former Sears in Ashtabula, Ohio, closed in 2012.

This former Sears Hardware and Appliance store in Akron, Ohio opened in 1996 and closed in 2011.

This Akron, Ohio Sears at Rolling Acres Mall closed in 2011. The interior of the mall has been closed since 2008.

Rolling Acres Mall

This former Sears Appliance & Hardware in Willoughby Hills, Ohio closed in October 2011.

Here's another former Sears Appliance & Hardware in Eastlake, Ohio.

This former Kmart in Perrysburg, Ohio has been converted into a Sears Outlet. Here's a picture of the now-closed Garden Center.

This Sears entrance in Richmond Heights, Ohio, appears barren.

The mattress section of the outlet appears pretty gloomy.

The appliance section is dressed up with a white curtain.

The walls are empty of aside from hanging clothes and swimsuits.

Now that you have seen photos of dying Sears stores

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn