By Kevin Williams
I often lament the loss of store chains from yesteryear. But my hometown seems to get hit especially hard not by chains that are necessarily closing up shop altogether, but ones who just no longer think the economic climate of my town is viable.
SIGH, I still find myself missing Kmart which closed its doors in my town in 2009. The space has been since been redeveloped and divided an is now a Big Lots and Tractor Supply. A couple of years ago, Target, fled my town too. That left us with just a handful of stores left to get a last minute Christmas gift for someone or buy a shirt. Dillard’s fled town years ago also. Elder-Beerman (owned by Bon-Ton) is in the process of winding down operations in my town. That store has been a mainstay in my town since I was born. My Aunt is 83 years old and has worked there for as long as I can remember but she’ll be out of a job once things wind down, although, at 83 I think she was itching to retire anyway. These are photos my Dad took the other day in the Elder-Beerman looking positive picked clean and ghostly in its final days.
And, then, sheesh, I just saw a list of yet more stores Sears and Kmart are shuttering. I’ve been to a few of the stores on this list: Crystal River and Sarasota are two towns that I have been to and I’ve been in the Kmart in Crystal River, I am fairly certain.
So are there are any Sears or Kmart stores in your hometown on this list? Will you miss them?