The inital list of stores Sears plans to close does not include any in Provo. That’s surprising, but Provo should still work to phase out this dying retailer, rather than waiting for it to fail on it’s own.
Additional evidence that the retailer is doomed can be found here, where it was ranked the sixth worst online retailer in the country. While online sales don’t necessarily correlate to local sales (or troubles), this is further evidence that Sears is simply not going to survive. So, again, we need to act preemptively.
On a related note, that list has Gap as the second worst online retailer, and mentions that the company will be closing stores. That means that one or both Utah County malls could be hit by yet another closure. This affords us yet another opportunity to act preemptively, or to do nothing and watch our retail space die.