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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
A major retailer shuttered its doors at close-of-business Sunday at the Decatur Mall.
Sears is not the only anchor store to pull out of the mall in recent years. They have also lost a Dillard's branch, and the JCPenney located at the mall was converted into a clearance outlet before being closed completely.
Customers came to take advantage of clearance prices on the retailer's last day in Decatur, the cu, the culmination of a liquidation sale that began in January. One couple said they got a $5,000 bed for $600.
The mall did not renew the retailer's lease on the store space. Mall officials call this a new opportunity as they work to bring a new company to take Sears' place.
David Berkowitz, a professor of marketing at UA Huntsville, said there has been a decline of traditional malls across the country. Some reasons for that shift include people switching to specialty stores, smaller strip malls, and online.
Anchor stores such as Sears are the big draw for foot traffic in malls, so their loss can hurt smaller stores within the plazas that rely on the spillover. Recently, Decatur Mall has opened a Carmike Theater and expanded Belk, the mall's largest remaining anchor store.
When Sears officials announced the Decatur Mall location's closure in January, they said the store had 91 employees. Those who were eligible received severance and were offered to apply for open positions at area Sears and Kmart stores.