FARGO — The Kmart store in Fargo is set to close.

The store, 2301 S. University Drive, is one of many across the country set to permanently close before the end of the year.

Transformco, the parent company of Kmart and Sears, announced in early August it planned to shutter several Kmart and Sears stores across the country by October. Within the past several days, the company has been issuing statements on additional closings.

Larry Costello, spokesman for Transformco, said in an email statement Saturday night, “After careful review, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close the Kmart store in Fargo, N.D. The liquidation sale is expected to begin in mid-September and the store is planned to close by mid-December. We encourage customers to continue shopping on Kmart.com for all their product needs.”

The Fargo store was one of the first 18 Kmart stores to open when the company launched in 1962. In recent years, as the chain had announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and subsequent store closings across the country, the Fargo store was able to remain open.

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Costello declined to answer how many employees work at the Fargo Kmart and whether they will receive severance pay. An employee at the Fargo store referred all questions to the corporate office.