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More Kmart stores to close in Michigan

DETROIT -- Several Kmart stores in Michigan are preparing to close next month, following dozens of others that have shuttered in the state since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection nearly 15 years ago.

Nearly two-thirds of the 2,165 Kmart stores that were operating in the U.S. have closed since 2000, The Detroit News reported. Seven stores in the state are slated to close Dec. 11, including locations in Jackson and Fenton.

Some defunct Kmarts in Bloomfield Hills, Woodhaven and other Metro Detroit cities have been resurrected as new enterprises, but vacant Kmart buildings are still scattered throughout the region.

The nature of the aging buildings makes them difficult to fill with other retail as they're often massive structures tailored to house Kmarts.

An example of this is an old Kmart in Troy that has not had many changes since it was vacated in 2006, shortly after Kmart merged with Sears.

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