Transform Holdco LLC (Transformco), or the New Sears, on Thursday announced the closure of an additional 96 Sears and Kmart stores throughout the United States.

Transformco is a privately held company formed on Feb. 11, 2019 to acquire the assets of Sears Holdings Corporation, which went bankrupt on Oct. 15, 2018. The company is owned by ESL Investments, a hedge fund founded by Sears Holding's former chairman and CEO, Eddie Lampert. It purchased all the assets owned by Sears Holdings for $5.2 billion in February 2019.

Of the 96 soon-to-be-closed stores, 51 will be Sears stores and 45 Kmart stores. They will all be closed by February 2020. The new round of closures will mean there will only be 182 Sears and Kmart stores left alive in the U.S.

Transformco said the liquidation or going-out-of-business sales of these stores will begin Dec. 2 after the Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales extravaganza. It said stores that were previously announced as closed won't participate in the Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales.

Sears and Kmart have seen the closures of more than 3,500 stores over the past 15 years. More than 250,000 employees have been fired, as a result.

On the other hand, the new closings won't affect the company's recently acquired Sears Hometown stores selling home appliances, equipment and tools.

Tramsformco said the new store closings are part of its streamlining process as it continues to face a difficult retail environment and other challenges.

"We have been working hard to position Transformco for success by focusing on our competitive strengths and pruning operations that have struggled due to increased competition and other factors," said Transformco in a statement.

Sears new bid Sears will assess a new $5 billion bid from Chairman Eddie Lampert against liquidators on Jan. 14 at a bankruptcy auction. A worker holds a sign announcing a store-closing sale outside the 60-year-old Sears store in the Galewood neighborhood on July 7, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Getty Images/Scott Olson

Here's a list of the store closures:

Arkansas

North Little Rock Sears: 3930 McCain Blvd.

Arizona

Prescott Sears: 3400 Gateway Blvd.

California

Buena Park Sears: 8150 La Palma Ave.

Chula Vista Sears: 565 Broadway

Fresno Sears: 3636 N Blackstone Ave.

Los Angeles Sears: 3755 Santa Rosalia Drive

Montclair Sears: 5080 Montclair Plz Lane

Moreno Valley Sears: 22550 Town Circle

N Hollywood Sears: 12121 Victory Blvd.

Palm Desert Sears: 72-880 Hwy 111

Riverside Sears: 5261 Arlington Ave.

San Bernadino Sears: 100 Inland Ctr

San Bruno Sears: 1178 El Camino Real

San Jose Sears: 2180 Tully Road

Santa Maria Sears: 200 Town Ctr E

Temecula Sears: 40710 Winchester Road

Tracy Sears: 3350 Naglee Road

Ventura Sears: 3295 E Main St.

Victorville Sears: 14420 Bear Valley Road

Visalia Sears: 3501 S Mooney Blvd.

West Covina Sears: 1209 Plaza Drive

Florida

Fort Myers Sears: 4125 Cleveland Ave.

Hialeah Sears: 1625 W 49th St.

Miami Sears: 20701 SW 112th Ave.

Georgia

Douglasville Sears: 6580 Douglas Blvd.

Illinois

Peoria Sears: 2200 W War Memorial Drive

West Dundee Sears: 5000 Spring Hill Mall

Maryland

Cumberland Sears: 1262 Vocke Road

Massachusetts

Auburn Sears: 385 Southbridge St.

Leominster Sears: 100 Commercial Road

Michigan

Lansing Sears: 3131 E Michigan Ave.

Missouri

Joplin Sears: 101 N Rangeline Road

Nevada

Las Vegas Sears: 4000 Meadow Lane

New Hampshire

Nashua Sears: 310 Daniel Webster Highway

Concord Sears: 270 Loudon Road

New Mexico

Farmington Sears: 4601 E Main St.

New York

Buffalo Sears: S 3701 McKinley Parkway

North Carolina

Greenville Sears: 3600 South Memorial Drive

Pennsylvania

Whitehall Sears: 1259 Whitehall Mall

North Wales Sears: 600 Montgomery Mall

Puerto Rico

FajaRoado Sears: State Road 3

Guayama Sears: Gpo Box 1050

Ponce Sears: Pob 7426 Sears Plaza Del Caribe 2050 Road 2 Ponce By Pass Ste 135

Texas

San Antonio Sears: 2310 SW Military Drive

Vermont

South Burlington Sears: 155 Dorset St.

Virginia

Richmond Sears: 11500 Midlothian Turnpike

Manassas Sears: 8200 Sudley Road

Fredericksburg Sears: 100 Spotsylvania Mall

Winchester Sears: 1850 Apple Blossom Drive

Washington

Spokane Sears: 14720 E Indiana Ave.

Lacey Sears: 651 Sleater Kinney Road SE