A hedge fund run by Sears Holdings chairman Edward Lampert and Cyrus Capital Partners are reportedly working together to prepare a bid to take over the bankrupt retail chain.
Sears Holdings’ plans to stay in business while looking for a possible buyer was approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, November 15, despite objections by some creditors, according to a report by Reuters.
Sears Holdings will close an additional 40 locations in 2019 as the company continues to navigate bankruptcy proceedings.
Shed a tear for Sears Holdings if you must. Despite any flicker of post-Chapter 11 hope Eddie Lampert tries to peddle, all that seems left of this story— even if in some way the Sears and Kmart brands are salvaged or reincarnated— is for the plug to be pulled on what is left of the business as we know it and the remnants of its assets to be redistributed.
In consequence of the chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by parent Sears Holdings, Sears Home & Business Franchises, which offers appliances and other services to consumers, is “here to stay and open to serve you,” stated Jeff Pepperney, the company’s vp.
Sears Holdings has received approval on all first-day motions related to the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
With a possible bankruptcy filing on the horizon, Sears Holdings is reportedly missing some vendor payments as several major lenders push for the struggling retailer to be liquidated, published reports on Thursday, October 11, indicated.
Facing what he called “significant near-term liquidity constraints” that includes a debt payment in the middle of October, Sears CEO Edward Lampert is proposing a plan to restructure and reduce the company’s debt.
According to a recent report on CNBC, as Sears Holdings continues to look for ways to boost sales, the company is testing new store concepts, including a mini-Kmart inside a Sears store in Brooklyn, NY.
Sears Holdings is in the process of closing an additional 40 stores in 24 states, according to a report from Business Insider.