Hauppauge residents spotted large yellow-and-red blowout sale signs posted on the front doors Sears Hardware off Veterans Memorial Highway this week, the first sign of what's to come.
in Hauppauge will be closing by approximately mid-May, according to local employees and a Sears Holdings spokeswoman.
"It's going to go into liquidation sales," said Kim Freely, a spokeswoman for Sears Holdings. "The closing date is flexible based on when the liquidation ends."
Freely said the company's reason for closing the Hauppauge store is "poor performance" and lower than expected sales. Sears Hardware in Hauppauge is considered one of the chain's few specialty stores as it focused exclusively on hardware.
Local management declined the chance to comment on the store's closing.
The closure is not tied to Sears Holdings' announcement on Dec. 27, 2011 that it was closing between 100 to 120 of its full line and great indoors stores, according to Freely. These stores are also being closed due a drop in sales, especially in consumer electronics and home appliances.
Freely said she was not sure how many employees the store's closing would affect. She said signs will be posted with an exact closing date when it is determined.
Sears will be the second business to close its doors in the Veterans Highway shopping center within recent months. A drying cleaning business closed up shop in 2011 and its site remains vacant.