The Lafayette location of SEARS in the Acadiana Mall is closing down along with a handful of others across the country. The company confirmed that employees were told about the store's closing earlier today. The auto center which is located in the Acadiana Mall parking lot just outside the main entrance of SEARS will close next month. Doors will officially shut at the main store before the end of the summer according to a company spokesperson.

According to a statement obtained by KATC, the process will start with a liquidation sale to empty the store of merchandise before closing.

"The store will begin its liquidation sale on June 30. We have been strategically and aggressively evaluating our store space and productivity, and have accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores as previously announced. We understand that members may be disappointed when we close a store, but our Shop Your Way membership platform, websites and mobile apps allow us to maintain these valued relationships long after a store closes its doors. As a result, we hope to retain a portion of the sales previously associated with this store by maintaining our relationships with the members who shopped this location."

The official closing date announced by the company is September 29th.