Three remaining K-Marts in the United States

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Let me take you back for a second. A long time ago there was a department store in Gabe’s shopping center on Triplett Street called WT Grant. It moved from this mall to become the largest retail outlet in Wesleyan Park Plaza in the early 1970s. And it changed its name to Grant City.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, K-MART IN OWENSBORO WAS A HOTPOT SHOPPING

Soon after, it became a K-Mart and shifted to shopping in Owensboro. Downtown was still booming then, but people were taking time for what Wesleyan Park Plaza offered. K-Mart moved in to join Mr. Wiggs – a department store next to Kroger called Value Village. It later became Heck’s. And then, of course, Kroger went giant and, well, the rest is history.

K-MART BECAME UNABLE TO COMPETE

K-Mart was a thriving department store and no one ever thought it would close. But the Internet came, then the convenience of online shopping, and soon physical establishments were abandoned. K-Mart was one of them. Walmart and Target didn’t help either. But it’s not like they haven’t tried – as recently as the past decade.

I lived near K-Mart and visited often. Usually I only bought socks, but it was important. I couldn’t find the size 15 sock selection anywhere else. I’m fine now that K-Mart is gone, but in retrospect they STILL outnumbered the competition.

ONLY THREE K-MART STORES REMAIN

I was surprised to learn that there was three K-Mart stores still in operation–in Bridgehampton, New York; Miami, Florida; and Westwood, New Jersey.

In my family, shopping experiences were entertainment. We used to load up the car and drive to Evansville JUST to visit Washington Square Mall and long forgotten box stores like ABC and Ayr-Way.

It was the same in Owensboro. Shopping at K-Mart was usually accompanied by dining at the restaurant inside the store. This has always been a nice feature of older department stores – the on-site restaurants. They all disappeared long before the stores actually did – the ones that disappeared, I mean. Walmart and Target are still going strong, but once had dining halls.

Three little K-Marts are still hanging around, and one has to wonder how long this will last.

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