It's the end of an era for one of the most well-known retailers in the country as Sears gets ready to close its very last store in the Garden State, but what's going to replace it is pretty cool.

Sears was a  staple of Jersey City's Newport Centre, the big box retailer was a go-to for Hudson County shoppers since it first opened its doors back in 1987, according to

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The main reason for the close is because of the increase in online shopping, people just don't physically go to stores like they used to reports the Philadelphia Inquirer, who also mention that once this Sears store closes, the next closest Sears is several hundred miles North in Braintree Massachusettes.

Despite the closure, there are already plans in the works for the shuttering department store.

Plans Have Been Announced For Dave And Busters To Take Over.

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One company's closure is another company's opportunity to expand, that's just business.

Details at this point are pretty shaky, but reports that there are plans for Dave And Busters to revamp the Sears in the Newport Centre to be the next location for their restaurant and arcade.

This will be Dave and Buster's fifth location in the Garden State, with the other locations in Wayne, Woodbridge, and Blackwood.

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The newest location in Atlantic City recently opened a few weeks ago.

As I mentioned, we don't have many details on a timeline for all of this but right now Sears is having a massive going out of business sale according to the Inquirer.

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