The Independence Sears and Kmart stores appear to be safe, so far, as the company that owns both retail chains has announced the first wave of store closings.


The Sears Grand on Missouri 291 in Lee’s Summit is the only metro store among 79 closings announced today. The company said Tuesday it will close 100 to 120 of its 3,650 stores nationwide.


The news came after the company reported disappointing holiday season sales. The company has a Sears and two Kmarts in Independence.