Sears site at Six Corners being marketed for new tenants
by BRIAN NADIG
The site of the Sears Department Store at 4730 W. Irving Park Road is being marketed for new commercial tenants.
Up to 127,106 square feet of "anchor space" is available for lease, according to a marketing flier from New York-based Seritage Growth Properties.
In addition, the 56,180-square-foot Sears Auto Center, which is located behind the main store, also is available for lease, with the ability to subdivide the space, according to company’s Web site.
There has been no official announcement from Sears regarding the future of its Six Corners store, but the company is in the process of closing dozens of stores throughout the country, and company officials have expressed doubt about whether the department store chain can stay in business much longer. Sears is not the only national retailer struggling to keep its stores open, as consumers are increasingly looking to buy products over the Internet.
It’s not clear how a possible influx of new retailers on the Sears site would affect a planned retail project across the street at 4747 W. Irving Park Road. That project has stalled, and the city Department of Buildings recently voided a permit application for the project due to inactivity. The property’s developers say that they remain committed to building there.
The Sears at Six Corners opened to large crowds on Oct. 20, 1938, and has remained the shopping district’s anchor business for decades.