I stopped in Sears yesterday. The entire kids departments are cleared out. Toys has been consolidated to a small section and where it used to be (former electronics department) is all cleared out. Still a lot of appliances, but scaled back. Vacuums and small appliances scaled back. Tools getting pretty cleared out as well as lawnmowers and outdoor. The auto center is closed as well. Shoe department is nearly cleaned out mens and womens still pretty full but a lot seems to be coming from elsewhere. Most of the employees seem to have been brought in or temporary, nobody wearing uniforms.
Somebody just posted on another site the strategy now is to close all remaining Kmarts starting in November and finishing up in January as well as some additional Sears. There will be no Christmas shopping advertising this year for Sears or Kmart. Softlines in remaining Sears will be scaled back most likely. They are trying to sell the Kenmore brand to Lowes but it has stalled lately, although there are also talks about selling it to Amazon. Remaining Sears Auto Centers that are standalone will change to Diehard Auto which will be a separate brand.
Also, it's looking like most likely JCPenney will file Chapter 11 early next year...
I can’t believe they’re still chugging along two Years later
John 3:16 “No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?” ― Lee Iacocca