OELWEIN -- Sears Headquarters says two of the stores they own in Iowa will be closing.

Sears Headquarters say they informed the Kmart store associates in Oelwein and the Sears store associates on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines on July 12 that their stores will be closing.

Their headquarters location said the number of associates that work at the stores isn't available. However, associates impacted by the closure will be given a severance and will have an opportunity to apply for open positions at other Kmart or Sears stores in the area -- though few remain.

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Liquidation sales at the two stores will start as early as July 26.

The stores are scheduled to close in mid-October 2018. The Sears Auto Center will close in August.

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