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Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Dozens of people will soon be without a job and the entire metro, without a well-known department store.

The news broke to employees Wednesday, the same time it was publicly announced.

This is part of a nationwide cut of 150 stores.

Sources tell us 53 people in Fargo will lose their job.

The source says full time and management will be offered severance packages or something else comparable.

Compensation for part time employees is unknown.

Now, this all follows a difficult year for several retailers.

Financial experts say while shopper spending is normal, people are just doing more of it online making the cost of keeping a large store open too expensive for little profit.

Shoppers we talked to aren't surprised by this move.

"I guess I don't know too many people that go to Sears, but it's kind of a home place I guess. There's a lot of other stores that compete with it, so some have to go out with the old and in with the new, that's kind of the way things go these days now," said Brad Clemens, Shopper.

Sources say the Fargo store will likely close March 26th.

Besides Sears, K-Mart in Detroit Lakes, which is owned by the same company will also be closing.

The K-Mart in Moorhead closed in September.

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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