Kmart laying off 700 appliance workers

NEW YORK (AP) - The parent of Kmart stores is laying off 700
employees working in Kmart's appliance departments as it changes
how the stores sell refrigerators, ovens and other appliances.
Kmart spokesman Chris Brathwaite says the move will allow
customers to check out appliances at any register rather than going
to a dedicated register for appliances. But there also won't be any
specialized appliance-only staff people on hand near appliances.
Instead, all Kmart staffers are being trained to answer questions
about appliances.
There will also be a 1-800 number customers can call for help.
The moves affect appliance specialists in 225 stores. Kmart had
expanded the number of stores with appliance departments to 1,300
stores from 270 stores in February.
Kmart, which is part of Sears Holdings Corp., employs about
100,000 staffers overall.

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