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Isaiah S.

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I wish Kmart would have fought Walmart years ago.  We once had 4 Kmart's in my area but only one remains today.  The last one in my area is run down and located in a seedy part of the city with gangs and homeless people hanging around. :(  Our 4 Kmart stores opened between 1965 and 1970.  My Mother started shopping there in 1968.  This is where my parents blow molds came from.  Walmart moved in around 1982 and by the early 1990s Kmart closed all 3 stores.  I'll always remember the ICEE drinks and peanuts my parents bought us at the stores.  I miss hearing "Attention Kmart Shoppers we have a Blue Light Special......." also. LOL!!!! 

 

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They closed all the KMarts by me in Georgia, I thought they were bought by Sears.

 

I don't remember if one bought the other or if they just merged.  They still have both types of stores but now you find Craftsman tools at Kmart (which is really weird).

 

TED

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I wish Kmart would have fought Walmart years ago.  We once had 4 Kmart's in my area but only one remains today.  The last one in my area is run down and located in a seedy part of the city with gangs and homeless people hanging around. :(  Our 4 Kmart stores opened between 1965 and 1970.  My Mother started shopping there in 1968.  This is where my parents blow molds came from.  Walmart moved in around 1982 and by the early 1990s Kmart closed all 3 stores.  I'll always remember the ICEE drinks and peanuts my parents bought us at the stores.  I miss hearing "Attention Kmart Shoppers we have a Blue Light Special......." also. LOL!!!!

 

There were a couple of years there (early 2000s I think) where the selection of Christmas merchandise at Kmart really topped all the other big box stores.  They had a lot of blowmolds and other items that weren't available at any of the other stores.  I have a really cool ropelight spiral tree that has 8 different colors of lights that I got at Kmart during that time.  I've never seen one like it before or since.  After those couple of years it was like they just gave up or something.  Their selection was lousy for several years after that and although it has gotten better it has never fully recovered.

 

There is only 1 Kmart left here now.  It's in a good part of town but the store is a bit dingy.  I hope that the Sears/Kmart chain can figure out how to turn it around (in general--not just Christmas) or else it will just be Target and walmart.

 

TED

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Sears owns K-Mart.     They did close a bunch of K-Marts a couple years ago.   We have both stores near us in MA.     K-Mart does have a few molds, but pretty much the same ones year after year.      Sears is really high for their decorations.  Only go there when they are 75.00% off after Christmas.  Hit it good 2 years ago.   The store and regional manager just wanted them gone,  so when they heard about my display and what we raise for charities, they just about gave us stuff.   Walked out with around $5.000 worth of stuff for $500.00.

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There were a couple of years there (early 2000s I think) where the selection of Christmas merchandise at Kmart really topped all the other big box stores.  They had a lot of blowmolds and other items that weren't available at any of the other stores.  I have a really cool ropelight spiral tree that has 8 different colors of lights that I got at Kmart during that time.  I've never seen one like it before or since.  After those couple of years it was like they just gave up or something.  Their selection was lousy for several years after that and although it has gotten better it has never fully recovered.

 

There is only 1 Kmart left here now.  It's in a good part of town but the store is a bit dingy.  I hope that the Sears/Kmart chain can figure out how to turn it around (in general--not just Christmas) or else it will just be Target and walmart.

 

TED

 

Ted,

 

I also remember the great Christmas merchandise at our Kmart stores back in the 1970's through the late 1980's.  Kmart had the biggest and best Christmas stuff including Empire Blow Molds, back then.  The Christmas displays inside were awesome!  All of our Christmas decorations and most of the gifts were purchased there.  Christmas and Kmart went together like a hand and glove.  I truly miss going there.  I also keep hoping the they will turn around too.

 

Allen

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