Word came out in April that Kmart would be closing nearly 70 stores across the country. We wondered if any Kmart stores in West Michigan would be affected. Now we have an answer.

Kmart has confirmed that the stores on Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids, and on 68th Street and Clyde Park in Byron Center will close soon, Fox 17 reports. 

The stores will close in mid-December. Liquidation sales will begin at both locations Sept. 22.

Kmart's parent company, Sears holdings, announced in an April press release that 68 Kmart and 10 Sears "unprofitable stores" would be closing to "accelerate its transformation and its return to profitability."

For now, Kmart stores remain in West Michigan in Hastings, Greenville, and Muskegon.