In this March 15, 2006, file photo, customers shop inside the Sears store in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

In this March 15, 2006, file photo, customers shop inside the Sears store in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sears Holdings Corp is closing its downtown Chicago flagship outlet in April, the latest move by the retailer to cut the number of its stores as it relies more on online retailing.

The store has lost “millions of dollars” since opening in 2001, a Sears spokesman said on Tuesday. The closing will leave Sears’ namesake chain without a store in the downtown core of its hometown. Sears is based in suburban Hoffman Estates, Illinois. It has three other stores in Chicago.

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