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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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    Kate S


    We have 2 KMarts in our college town, along with a Super Target, Walmart & Sams Club

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      Kevin


      Kate, let me guess… Bloomington Indiana? That is where my brother went to college

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    farmhousebarb


    I still like Kmart. The one in Bradford,PA went out years ago..when Walmart moved in. Since I don’t like them,I now have to go into Olean,NY to Kmart. It isn’t very busy. I only go a couple times a year,but I will miss it when it is gone. We used to take our kids to the cafe inside. They liked it and we could afford it!! I suspect they wouldn’t show much enthusiasm now!

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    Karen


    The KMart in our town just closed this month and they took down the sign the next day. The site already looks long abandoned. Sad.

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      Kevin


      That is sad, Karen. Where are you located?

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    Pam


    Our K-Mart on Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati I do believe has it’s days numbered also. The store is always dirty, under-staffed and the shelves are only half-stocked. And it seems the employees just don’t care anymore.

    What I miss is Woolworth’s. You just got a warm feeling when you were in there shopping. And their lunch counter always made your mouth water.

    Yes, the good old days. How we miss them.

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      Kevin


      I have been to that Kmart, Pam, but it was years and years ago…SIGH, yes, the stores have gotten very dingy..

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    Sarah


    My memories go beyond K-mart to the S. S. Kresge stores named after their’ owner Sebastian Spering Kresge ….the store in downtown Indianapolis where I worked as a teenager in the artificial flower department (yes it was a complete department) and glassware where I kept the glassware polished sparkling clean and setting on shelves in front of mirrored walls. What a great experience that was….. In 1962 when I was ready to graduate high school, leave Kresge and move on into an office work place, they opened Kmart. Not all that long there after, my younger sister joined the team of Kmart workers here in Indianapolis, transferring to CA in later years…and soon to retire after a long and fulfilling history with the company. Mr. Kresge was a very successful man in the retail business having been in partnership with Mr. John McCrory with several stores prior to starting Kresge in Detroit, MI in 1889. By the time he retired in 1917 at the age of 50 he held the status of a very kind and giving multi-millionaire. The foundation he established during his lifetime continues to give. When Mr. Kresge retired, Mr. Harry Cunningham took over as the new President and was the one to develop new market strategies. The first Kmart was opened in Detroit. Mr. Kresge passed away in 1966 at the age of 99, I believe in his home town of PA.

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      Kevin


      Interesting, Sarah, thanks for that…Indianapolis is typical of some of the markets where Kmart has struggled, they just didn’t pick very prime locations to put their stores in Indy and it hurts them to this day…

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        Sarah


        So far the only one I know of that closed in Indianapolis proper is the one on Pendleton Pike which is on the northeast side of town and not in the best of locations…..the only other two that closed in Indiana that I know of are St. John and Anderson, IN ….a goodly distance away. In Indianapolis there are six locations in operation. I don’t know how they are doing business wise as I no longer have contacts for here. I certainly hope we don’t loose them.

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        Marie


        I’ve heard there used to be a S.S. Kresge’s in Middletown (Ohio). This must have been before I moved there in 1963, or else I was too young to know it was there. That’s when Middletown’s downtown was vibrant! Enjoyed reading the background on Mr. Kresge.

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    clk


    northwest Indiana……some have been closed…..also…..some are still open…Yeah!

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      Sarah


      I frequent four of the 6 Kmarts in the Indianapolis area and find that they are all clean, staff is nice, shelves are stocked and lighting fine…. so hoping that is a good indication that they are doing okay here.

      Who really bought who out….or was it a merger of funds with the intent of stabilizing one or the other….or both. I’ve heard different stories on the matter and wonder.

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    Carol Phillips


    We still have several Kmart stores here in East Tn. I love shopping there and hope they don’t close any of them. I would hate to see Walmart completely dominate esp. through default by way of bad business decisions. I have lots of nostalgic memories of shopping at Kmart too before Walmart was really much around here. I played around on their Commodore computers in the early 80′s when these were so new they hooked to a TV set and did nothing without a ton of typed in programming (i.e. GO TO Line 10, RUN…) They are a little higher priced but a bit better in quality in most things too.

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    Lillian


    I live near a KMart and sho there all the time. We had another one in another town near us but it closed about two years ago. I don’t think it is as busy as it was some time ago. It was a good article you wrote about KMart. I enjoyed reading it.

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    Christine


    We sill have our K Mart. It seems to be doing ok. I do shop there but we mostly go to eat. The cafeteria is now a Nathan’s Hot Dog eatery. I like the cheesesteaks my husband likes the corn dogs.
    But my best memory is of a S.S. Kresge. Mom would work up on the 3rd floor at Easter time and make Easter Baskets. No premade who knows when they were made and shipped in baskets. She filled them with all kinds of different candy and toys. My sisters and I would go down after school, it was within walking distance, and “help” her. We would eat the black jelly beans because we knew no other kids would want them in their baskets….LOL. Oh also all those Baby Binky hollow chocolate bunnies that would come in broken too. Well someone had to take care of the evidence, right?

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    Sarah


    I don’t know when they completely phased out the SS Kresge stores, but do remember that they were still in Indianapolis in the mid to late 60′s….perhaps into the 70′s.
    Took a minute to look up a little history on Kresge/Kmart/Jupiter (their discount stores).
    In 1987 they sold their remaining Kresge and Jupiter stores in the U.S. to McCrory, and in 1994 they closed the remaining Kresge and Jupiter stores in Canada.
    K-mart actually bought out Sears and changed the name to Sears holding (interesting that they would take the name of the company they bought out)……and one might think that the beginning of the down fall, and while it might have had an effect , the down fall was due in large part to the unscrupulous personal mis-use of the company funds by the President and the Chairman of the board.

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    Nancy @ Little Homestead in Boise


    The one near us is always dirty, and poorly stocked. A long time ago it wasn’t too bad, but I rarely ever go there now….

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    Wendy P


    The last time I was in a K-Mart I was so angry by the time I left that I nearly walked my then ~6 year old daughter in front of a car. She’s 22 now. There is still one open near us. I don’t know how – the parking lot is always empty.

    Sears isn’t much better – twice now we’ve gone in there to see about purchasing a major appliance, and the service was so bad we just left. It’s like they actively try to discourage customers from buying anything.

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    Lisa Siegwald-Baird


    There is still a Kmart in Grove City,Oh..a suburb of Columbus. I have not been there in awhile though. I remember the Kmart in Hillsboro since my sister lives there. Not sure if it’s gone or not. I do know all the one’s here in Columbus are no more.

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      Kevin


      Lisa, I am quite familiar with the Hillsboro K-mart and I’ll tell some stories about it sometime…but last I was there (about a year ago), it was still in business but greatly reduced in size….

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    Sarah


    It is unfortunate, but I’ve notice other retailers with less stock on their shelves as well…..and in lieu of making their isle more narrow like they use to in an effort to get in one more row of shelves, they are now widening their isles….I suspect to make the stores still look full and in good standing.. Having been in retail, I remember those marketing techniques so notice them now. With more stores vying of the same dollar and less discretionary income to spend we’ve come to a bad spot n the road I fear.

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    Ann


    The only K-Mart I ever liked was in Seymour, Indiana and it closed years and years ago. There are still a few in towns around where I live now but I wouldn’t go to any of them if they were the only stores open.

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