Store employees were notified of the closings on Thursday, the company said.
It's unclear how many are employed by Sears in the Tri-Cities.
The accompanying Sears Auto Center at these Sears stores will also be closing. If he manages to submit the bid by 4 p.m. Friday, Sears' advisors will have a week to determine if he is a "qualified bidder".
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The once-dominant retailer filed for bankruptcy in October, and Lampert was seeking nearly $1 billion to support his rescue effort. Liquidation sales at the stores should begin in two weeks, Sears said.
CNBC reported Sears was still operating a little under 700 stores when it filed for bankruptcy on October 15.
A hedge fund controlled by Sears chairman Eddie Lampert is offering $4.6 billion. Should Lampert submit a bid, Sears' advisors would have until January 4 to decide whether he is a "qualified bidder".
Now comes the announcement of 80 more stores on the chopping block.
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Sears has told a bankruptcy court it has received several bids.
Sears' creditors have been investigating whether ESL acquired Sears valuable assets through an unfair competitive advantage. In interviews with Business Insider's Hayley Peterson in 2016, executives accused Lampert of neglecting Sears' stores and leaving them to crumble in his bid to turn Sears into a tech company.
As of the bankruptcy filing, the company employed about 68,000 people.
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