Kmart employee gives emotional announcement before the store closed permanently

The once-beloved American retailer Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, and while many consumers were disappointed, thousands of Sears employees were devastated. One heartbroken Kmart store manager in McMurray, Pennsylvania fought back tears to make his final announcement before the location permanently closed last week -- and the video capturing the emotional moment has since gone viral. 

"Attention Kmart shoppers, attention Kmart shoppers," Joshua Englert began the last announcement he would make. 

"I wanted to take this opportunity not to sell you 40 cent plaid skirts or 5 cent panties, but instead to thank you for supporting a lifetime of memories," he continued. "A sincere thank-you to the people who have made this store their second home. I’m the man I am today because of the people I’ve met here at Kmart."

Englert, who has worked at Kmart for 18 years, used the opportunity to share some memories and concluded to a round of applause. 

"I started when I was 16 as a cashier and worked my way up to store manager by the time I was 23," he told Yahoo Lifestyle

Englert posted the video to his Facebook page and has since been viewed over 277,000 times and has been shared over 2,250 times. 

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46 Sears and Kmart locations closing

935 Sweetwater Road
Spring Valley, CA

1075 Shaw Avenue
Clovis, CA
3625 East 18th Street
Antioch, CA
6310 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA
589 Bridgeport Avenue
Milford, CT
301 College Square
Newark, DE
3231 Chicago Road
Steger, IL

11 South Kings HWY 61
Cape Girardeau, MO

2308 Highway 45 N
Columbus, MS
605 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY
440 NW Burnside Road
Gresham, OR
101 Great Teays Blvd
Scott Depot, WV
2150 South Douglas HWY
Gillette, WY
Flagstaff Mall, 4800 N US HWY 89
Flagstaff, AZ
Capitola Mall, 4015 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA
2424 Highway 6 And 50
Grand Junction, CO
2266 University Square Mall
Tampa - University, FL
1625 NW 107th Avenue
Doral / Miami, FL
Coastland Ctr, 2000 9th Street N
Naples, FL
Oglethorpe Mall, 7810 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA
2860 Cumberland Mall
Atlanta, GA
100 Mall Blvd Ste 300
Brunswick, GA
1631 E Empire Street
Bloomington, IL
4201 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN
3000 Mall Road
Florence, KY
1914 Hammond Square Drive
Hammond, LA
50 Holyoke Street
Holyoke, MA
Silver City Galleria
Taunton, MA
1250 Jackson Xing I-94
Jackson, MI
4601 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh - Crabtree, NC
77 Rockingham Park Boulevard
Salem, NH
1500 South Willow Street
Manchester, NH
4409 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ
200 Eastview Mall
Victor, NY
578 Aviation Road
Queensbury / Glen Falls, NY
1400 Union Turnpike
New Hyde Park, NY
2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road
Dayton, OH
9505 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati - Northgate, OH
11800 SE 82nd Avenue
Happy Valley / Portland, OR
400 Memorial City Way
Houston - Memorial, TX
Post Oak Mall
College Station - Bryan, TX
7453 S Plaza Center Drive
West Jordan, UT
12000 Fair Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA
8800 NE Vancouver Mall Drive
Vancouver, WA
4720 Golf Road
Eau Claire, WI
Valley View Mall, 4200 US HWY 16
La Crosse, WI

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