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Three Indiana Sears stores will close in early September – including the one in Lafayette’s Tippecanoe Mall.

The Sears locations in Indianapolis and Muncie were also on the list of the 63 stores that will be shutting down after Sears found them to be, in the words of a corporate press release, “non-profitable.”

The Auto Centers at those locations will be shuttered in late July.

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Last week, electronics and appliance retailer HHGregg announced it was shutting down all its stores, including one in Lafayette. It’s one of several large retailers leaving the area, and experts say filling those spaces could be difficult in a rapidly-changing retail climate.

Lafayette and surrounding communities will not lose their Sears or Kmart stores for the time being.

Sears Holdings announced the locations of 80 outlets that will be closing.  The company has said as many as 120 locations could be shuttered.

Indiana is losing several stores. Those are the Sears in Anderson, and the Kmart in St. John, Portage, and in Indianapolis at Pendleton Plaza.

A news release from the company states the exact number of employees impacted is not known now, but a typical store that is being closed employs between 40 and 80 associates.