Sears Distribution Center Closing in Royersford

ROYERSFORD PA – A long-established distribution center at 477 N. Lewis Rd. (at top), which stored products shipped to a dwindling number of Sears stores, will close on or sometime after April 30 (2022; Saturday), the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Seventy-nine employees will lose their jobs, it added.

Journal Digital Producer Ryan Mulligan wrote Tuesday (March 15) that “Transformco, an entity formed in 2019 to acquire Sears and Kmart among other retailers,” had officially filed notices with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor that operations at the Lewis Road location would cease “due to a change in business circumstances.” Such announcements are required under the federal Worker Adjustment, Retraining and Notification Act.

No Sears stores remain in business within the state, the Journal article noted; the last, at Willow Grove Mall, closed March 6. Locally, the Sears store that anchored Coventry Mall in North Coventry closed a decade ago, in April 2012. The Kmart store in Sanatoga closed just two years later, in 2014. Nationwide, according to estimates, about 20 Sears stores and only three Kmart stores remain open.

During a period several years ago, the same Royersford address also was home to retailing operations that sold Sears’ Kenmore-brand appliances to the public at discounted prices.

The company that held Sears filed for bankruptcy in 2018. It was later acquired by its chief executive officer to avoid liquidation. Transformco was created in 2019 to oversee Sears and Kmart assets, the Journal reported.

November 2021 photo of 477 N. Lewis Rd. from Google Street View