<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Amazon (AMZN) may have helped accelerate the end for the former retail giant, Sears (SHLD), and the online trading giant could also take advantage of empty Sears stores."Data-reactid =" 15 "> Amazon (AMZN) may have helped speed up the process for former distribution giant Sears (SHLD), and the e-commerce giant could also benefit from Sears empty stores.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Whole Foods division is now monitoring Sears closed stores in bankruptcy, hoping to take advantage of the chain's locations in states like Montana and Wyoming that were previously considered out of reach, sources said. Yahoo financeIs Krystal Hu."data-reactid =" 16 "> The company's Whole Foods division is now overseeing the bankrupt Sears closed stores, hoping to take advantage of the chain's operations in states such as Montana and Wyoming, previously considered out of reach, sources told Yahoo Finance Krystal Hu.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Over the past three years, Sears, 126, has closed 123 Sears stores, 205 Kmart stores and punish thousands of employees. (Kmart is owned by Sears.) Sears is currently in liquidation."data-reactid =" 17 "> Over the last three years, Sears, 126, has closed 123 Sears stores, 205 Kmart stores and laid off thousands of employees. (The latter is owned from Sears.) liquidation.

This is what a Whole Foods takeover of Sears stores would look like on a map of the United States:

Sears' takeover by Whole Foods is expected to extend to the United States (graphic design: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)

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<h2 class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Any Sears Takeover by Whole Foods Would Depend on Liquidation"data-reactid =" 30 ">Any Sears Takeover by Whole Foods Would Depend on Liquidation

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Sears has begun under the name of Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1893, selling jewelry and watches. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1906. It also expanded into financial services in 1980 and introduced the Discover credit card in 1985."data-reactid =" 31 "> Sears began selling jewelery and watches under the name Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1893. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1906. It also expanded his activities in financial services in the 1980s. Discover the credit card in 1985.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "At its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, Sears saw its annual sales reach about 1% of the US gross domestic product. "data-reactid =" 32 "> At the peak of the 1970-1980 decade, Sears' annual revenue was approximately 1% of the US gross domestic product.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "But with competition from other retailers such as Target and Walmart, the company began to slowly lose its footing and, with the advent of Amazon, went bankrupt."data-reactid =" 33 "> But with competition from other retailers such as Target and Walmart, the company began to slowly lose its footing and, with the advent of Amazon, has went bankrupt.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Sears President Eddie Lampert – who also owns the Sears hedge fund, the largest shareholder and creditor of Sears – has a last chance take out the bankruptcy of the chain and save about 50,000 jobs and 425 stores. "data-reactid =" 34 "> Sears President Eddie Lampert – also owner of ESL Investments, the largest shareholder and creditor of Sears – has one last chance to get out of bankruptcy and save about 50,000 jobs and 425 stores.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Lampert's projects are contingent on an auction which will take place on Monday, during which a judge decide whether a takeover or a liquidation is the next step"data-reactid =" 35 "> Lampert's projects are conditional on an auction taking place on Monday and a judge will decide whether a takeover or a liquidation is the next step.

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