After facing years of closure scares, the Sears store that has stood in East Pasadena at 3801 E. Foothill Blvd. between Michillinda Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard since 1958 will be closed.
The one-time powerhouse retailer, which opened in 1893, has struggled in recent years and closed dozens of locations nationwide.
In fall Sears will close its last department store in Illinois, the state in which it was founded in 1925.
Transformco, which acquired Sears Holdings after the company filed for bankruptcy in 2018, said it plans to focus on ramping up Sears Home Services and sears.com.
The Pasadena Sears anchored retail in East Pasadena for decades. In 2003, it underwent a $5 million renovation. The store recently downsized, splitting its floor space approximately in half with a Home Goods store.
When the store was faced with possible closure in 2019, Pasadena City Councilmember Gene Masuda said the scenario “makes me sad because I grew up with Sears.”
“For years, when I went into the Sears store in East Pasadena, there were hardly any shoppers, yet I would buy tools that I needed,” Masuda said then. “We bought many household items and school clothes for my son who got his first job at Sears as a cashier while in high school.”
Masuda said any news about Sears is personal in a sense, since the once-giant retailer has a long history in the community.