NYC's last Sears expected to close for good later this year

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New York City's last Sears located in landmarked building in Flatbush, Brooklyn Photo credit Kristie Keleshian
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City's last Sears store is on its way to closing for good.

Signs plastered on the doors of the department store, which has been in business since 1932 on the corner of Beverley Road and Bedford Avenue in Flatbush, read "EVERYTHING MUST GO!" "HUGE INVENTORY BLOWOUT" and "NOTHING HELD BACK!"

The store is housed in a 100-foot Art Deco-style tower that still has the original Sears, Roebuck and Co. signage.

The building, which is nearly 90 years old, became a preserved historic landmark in 2012, who protects it from being demolished.

According to the publication The City, the store will be closing its doors on Nov. 24.

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Sales signs posted on the doors of New York City's last Sears Photo credit Kristie Keleshian

None of the signs posted on the store note its closing date, but online job listings for temp cashier positions do.

"We're going to miss it," said Marcia from Brooklyn as she walked out of the store Sunday with some pillows. She used to work at this location and said she's not surprised by the store's closing as it faces stiff competition from other department stores, like Burlington.

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New York City's last Sears, located in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, is expected to close its doors for good later this year Photo credit Kristie Keleshian

"You come and you see a building like this and you think, 'Once upon a time this was it.' They made these gorgeous big buildings so it is kind of something and it certainly does signify a real change," said one shopper