Thousands lose jobs at Sears

Industry experts are calling it part of the demise of the department store chain.

Sears Canada is closing 59 stores across the country, including Saint John and Bathurst, and slashing 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring plan. The restructuring will see the Moncton and Fredericton locations stay open, and it doesn’t affect plans for new call centres.

Marketing experts say many department stores lost touch and stopped responding to the needs of consumer years ago as they began shopping online.