Despite dire statements made on a recent SEC filing, Sears and Kmart stores will remain as fixtures on the retail landscape for some time to come, according to retail real estate experts contacted by

Chain Store Age.

“The news was not news,” said REIT analyst Alexander Goldfarb of Sandler O’Neill + Partners about a Sears filing that questioned its own future as a “going concern.”

“Looking at Sears’s performance over many, many years, it’s clear that they’ve been a retailer having troubles,” Goldfarb said. “Sears will continue doing what it’s doing with Seritage, closing 10 boxes at a time. If they were to dump all of their real estate at the same time, they’d get a much lower price.”

The REIT Seritage holds leases on 170 Sears stores and 82 Kmarts.

Since 2004, when Eddie Lampert bought Sears Holdings, financial analysts have posited that prime retail real estate was what the successful investor was really buying.