Sears is finally pulling the plug on it’s Springfield store. In a news release from Sears, it says, “After careful review, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to close the Sears store in Springfield, Missouri. The liquidation sale begins this week and the store is planned to close in mid-April. We encourage customers to continue shopping on for all their product needs.” The retailer announced in November it would close more than 100 Sears and Kmart stores in 2020. The Joplin store made that list. The Springfield store then was spared. Those closures represent more than one-third of its remaining large-format stores. Sears was one of the first box stores to be located in the Battlefield Mall when it was built in 1970 and before that, they were located on St. Louis Street in Springfield.