WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Novant Health has announced plans to buy the sears store at the Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem.

The move comes as recently Sears Holdings announced another 142 store closings with three in North Carolina.

Related: Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, to close 142 more stores

“Novant Health purchased the property as part of our long-term growth strategy for strategic growth of Novant Health’s Winston-Salem market. The building will continue to be leased by Sears until 2020,” said Dr. Stephen Motew, SVP & president of Greater Winston-Salem Market.

Related: Sears is in trouble: What shoppers should do now with the bankruptcy filing

Last week Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care announced it would open its first state-of-the-art urgent care centers in Winston-Salem in early 2019.

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