By Kevin Williams
Okay, sorry, gotta do it. Was travelling recently and stumbled upon one dead Kmart and one almost dead Kmart. I do promise that one of these days I'll tell my story about Kmart and why I am so fixated on them. I do have a very good reason. But it's a long, convoluted one and I need to edit and polish the story more before I post it. So you add my very valid reason, plus the simple sentimentality of this waning retailer and, yea, you get me having a bit of a fascination with Kmarts. I wrote about Kmart a couple of weeks ago and it was bad enough when Sharon in Bangor, Maine informed that their city's Kmart is closing, but I just really didn't like to hear from Clauda in Madawaska that THEIR Kmart is closing. I've been to that one and it seemed so busy.
Just for kicks, I Googled Kmart in my area and there are a couple left in the city of Dayton and none in Cincinnati proper. A couple hang on in the suburbs. Man, they are a rapidly sinking ship, I fear.
By the way, there is a really, really good book (seriously, I bought it once at a used book sale...I thought it'd probably be a real snore, but it was a $1 so I thought `why not'...the book is REALLY good and it outlines everything NOT to do in retail.) You can get the book from Amazon used for some good prices here.