Sears Canada to close stores, cut 2,900 jobs

Sears Canada Inc. plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring.

The struggling retailer says it will close 20 full-line locations, plus 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations.

14 of them are located in Quebec. In the Montreal area, the Outlet stores at Place Vertu in St. Laurent and the one in St. Eustache will be on the chopping block.

Sears Home stores in Laval and St. Bruno are also slated to close.

It's not clear when the closures will take effect.

The announcement came after the company was granted temporary court protection from creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act this morning.

Under the plan, Sears Canada has been authorized by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to obtain up to $450 million in financing to maintain operations throughout the restructuring.

The struggling retailer has piled up losses over several years and seen its stock dive, losing more than 80 per cent of its value in the last year, despite efforts to reinvent itself at a time.

Headquartered in Toronto, Sears Canada had 94 department stores, 23 Sears Home stores and 10 outlets prior to the CCAA restructuring.

-CJAD 800`s Richard Deschamps contributed to this report.