That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 8, 2017

So I just found out the Kmart in Hampton closed … last year

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,Kmart — Anita @ 8:24 pm

I completely missed the bus on this one. And this was a big one! I’ve been really out of the loop lately with my Hampton stuff. I rarely go out there these days.

This is really spergy, but for years I’ve had this dream where I’m driving down Mercury Blvd, and I look over and Kmart is gone, and I’m like “wha?”. Turns out it happened for real today. It’s been closed for almost a year, I completely missed the article on Daily Press (.pdf).
KMart (Hampton, VA 1988)

This is a pic my mom took back in 1988. This was back when the marchers for the Christmas parade would meet up at KMart. Now everybody just marches through the Peninsula Town Center.

January 24, 2015

This amazing kmart tape collection

Filed under: Kmart — Anita @ 1:10 am

This man worked at Kmart forever and was able to acquire the tapes that would play over and over again while the people shopped back then.

November 19, 2014

Kids skateboard in an abandoned KMart (2009)

Filed under: dead stores,Kmart — Anita @ 10:10 pm



I had a dream like this a few months ago. The KMart in the town I grew up in closed, and at nights the abandoned store would become a skatepark. The boys who ran the place wouldn’t let me go in to take pictures.

May 5, 2014

Fire at the Soaps n’ Suds in front of Kmart (Hampton)

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,Kmart — Anita @ 4:48 pm


April 5, 2014

Snow injures Michigan Kmart (1/14)

Filed under: Kmart,Uncategorized — Anita @ 2:50 am

Howard Riefs, a spokesperson for the company, emailed a statement about the collapse:

“The Kmart in Saginaw Township (5105 Gratiot Road) will be closed until further notice. Early this morning the store’s roof collapsed due to the heavy snow. The store was not open and there were no injuries. We are working with the landlord on next steps for repair to the store. The nearby Kmart stores in Bay City, Midland and Clio are open to serve our members with their shopping needs.”


Here is a more recent article:

I don’t see that place ever reopening. I mean it is Kmart, can they afford to fix the place?

March 29, 2014

“KMart Sandwiches, 1980”

Filed under: Kmart,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 6:12 pm

kmart sandwiches, November 6, 1980


Here’s the recipe:

I’m 30, so I totally missed the whole Kmart deli. The only good thing that came out of ours growing up was that they had little glass bottles of Tropicana Twister.

October 8, 2012

“KMart’s Comeback” (9/1/91 Daily Press) & KMart Commercial Criticism

KMart's Comeback, 9/1/91 Daily Press


December 27, 2011

lol, Sears & Kmart closing 100+ stores

Filed under: dead stores,Kmart,potential dead chains — Anita @ 4:12 pm

Sears to close more stores as holiday sales slump
By Phil Wahba | Reuters – 2 hrs 19 mins ago

(Reuters) – Sears Holdings Corp will close as many as 120 of its Kmart and namesake big-box stores after sales during the peak holiday period fell sharply, and the retailer also forecast that fourth quarter earnings would fall by more than half, sending its shares plunging some 25 percent.

Adding to the share selloff, Sears also disclosed on Tuesday that it has tapped its credit facility to borrow cash.

Once one of the leading retailers with a national reach through its popular catalog along with hundreds of stores, Sears has been pressured in recent years by competitors ranging from Wal-Mart Stores to

Under the stewardship of Chairman Edward Lampert, the company has let stores deteriorate, while analysts also cite poor locations and ho-hum merchandise for its ongoing decline.

“They’ve neglected this business for so long,” independent retail analyst Brian Sozzi said, noting that he expects many more closings. “They are letting Kmart and Sears die on the vine.”

Sales at Sears Holdings have fallen each year since 2005, when it was formed in a merger of Sears and Kmart.

So far this holiday buying season, the drop has continued.

Same-store sales at Kmart were down 4.4 percent in the eight weeks that ended Christmas Day, and down 6 percent at Sears’ U.S. stores. Overall, they were down 5.2 percent.

The closings follow its announcement last quarter it would shut 10 stores. Kmart and Sears have a combined 2,177 big-box locations.

A list of stores affected will be available at once the retailer decides on the locations.

The declines at Kmart were led by drops in electronics and clothing sales as the low-price chain faced stiff competition from Wal-Mart, which resumed its layaway program this holiday season after five years.

Sears blamed poor consumer electronics sales in a tough economic environment “especially for big-ticket items” for more than half of the decline in its namesake chain’s domestic same-store sales.

Two weeks ago, Best Buy Co Inc said that offering bigger discounts to kick-start the holiday season ate into its profits.

Sears’ shares were down $11.46, or 25 percent, at $34.40 in early afternoon trading, and have fallen 63.1 percent since hitting a yearly high in February.

At the current stock price, Sears Holdings — home to brands including Craftsman tools and Kenmore appliances — has a value of $3.7 billion, compared with the $11 billion Lampert agreed to pay for the company in 2004. As of September 30, his holding company owned 45.1 percent of Sears Holdings.

The drop in shares is also a big blow for fund manager Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Capital, Sears’ second-biggest shareholder with 15.2 percent of shares.

Sears’ travails also hit shares of Whirlpool Corp, which last year got 8 percent of sales through the retailer. Whirlpool shares fell 7.1 percent to $47.56.


Normally, Sears would give “marginally performing” stores time to improve, but “we no longer believe that to be the appropriate action in this environment.”

Sozzi, the analyst, went to a Sears in Bayshore, New York, on Monday, one of the busiest days of the retail season, and said it was “deserted.” At the northern end of the state, in Plattsburgh, a Sears was similarly quiet.

Wall Street analysts have long faulted Sears for letting its stores become stale, even as rivals ranging from Macy’s Inc, J.C. Penney Co Inc to Target Corp and Wal-Mart remodel and refresh their stores, drawing in customers.

Last fiscal year, Macy’s spent $505 million to improve its namesake and Bloomingdale’s stores, while Sears spent $441 million despite having more than three times as many stores.

Sears is “effectively asking customers to pay for a poorer shopping environment” than other chains, Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter said in a note to clients.

Balter was also surprised that Sears would borrow money during the holidays, which are typically a peak cash flow period. Sears had $483 million of borrowings outstanding as of December 23, compared with zero a year earlier.

As of October 29, Sears had cash and cash equivalents of $624 million, down from $790 million.

Sears Holdings said the lower sales and margin pressure would lead to adjusted fourth-quarter earnings before interest, debt and amortization of less than half of the year-ago quarter’s $933 million figure.

Last month, Sears reported a much wider-than-expected quarterly loss as higher markdowns and pricing pressures in appliances squeezed margins.

The retailer expects to earn $140 million to $170 million by selling of inventory in affected stores and selling or subleasing store space.

Sears also expects to record a non-cash charge of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion in the fourth quarter related to a valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets.

November 24, 2011

Two black Friday examples of why Kmart sucks

Filed under: Christmas,Kmart,newspaper clippings,potential dead chains — Anita @ 2:24 pm

I saw these two in today’s sales papers and I laughed:


Obviously Kmart is still stuck in 1991

And of course, Kmart is stuck in 1997

…and in 1997.

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