Kmart on Washington Road closing

Monday, July 2, 2012 11:17 AM
Last updated 8:10 PM
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Kmart in West Town Mar­ket Square shopping center in Martinez will begin its store-closing liquidation sale Sunday.

The store at 3830 Wash­ing­ton Road, one of three Kmarts in the metro area, is on Sears Holding Co.’s latest update to its list of store closings. That list also includes a Kmart in Athens, Ga.

Chicago-based Sears Hol­dings has been shuttering underperforming Kmart and Sears stores since last year in an effort to reduce expenses.

Michael Sosby, the manager of the Martinez Kmart, confirmed the store is closing but said he was not permitted to provide details.

Sears Holding spokeswoman Kim Freely said the store is closing because its lease is not being renewed. Leases are not renewed for a number of reasons, she said, including the landlord or Sears Holding choosing not to renew it, the store not performing well or someone else buying the property.

The store is more than 30 years old, Sosby said.

The store, which has 77 employees, is expected to close near the end of Sep­tem­ber, Freely said.

“Those associates will be notified of open positions at other nearby Sears and Kmart locations, but they will have to apply for those positions,” Freely said.

Kansas-based Westtown Mar­ket­place LLC is listed on property records as owner of the shopping center.

Ann Davis, the senior vice president at Meybohm Com­mer­cial Properties and an agent for Westtown, said the company has not received official notice of the closure and is unable to comment.

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allhans
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allhans 07/02/12 - 11:36 am
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I hate to see that.

I hate to see that.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/02/12 - 11:51 am
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That's a good location.

That's a good location. Something will move in there.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/02/12 - 12:08 pm
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Not surprising. Most Kmarts

Not surprising. Most Kmarts (especially the 3 around here) have become dumps ever since that first big downsizing when Sears took over. Been nothing but downhill since then.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 07/02/12 - 12:22 pm
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I just informed the wife! She

I just informed the wife! She is one unhappy shopper. Hopefully, something better will move in to take its place!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/02/12 - 12:50 pm
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I DISAGREE..

I think that shopping center will slowly die.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/02/12 - 01:38 pm
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online shopping
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Almost everything you can buy at Kmart you can buy at Wal-Mart. And with online shopping plus the economy suffering I think we will see more and more store closings and more warehouses popping up.

kmb413
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kmb413 07/02/12 - 01:39 pm
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Sad

I do my layaway there for the kids for Christmas.

belle
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belle 07/02/12 - 02:41 pm
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sorry to see it go.
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While it is true they let the ball drop in some areas, clothing quality, store appearance, they still had great Christmas decor,, bathroom linens and accessories and the best variety of storage options in one place in the city. They also did not succumb to the madness that is Walmart. I did not shop Kmart often but I shop Walmart even less. Guess I'm down to Target now.

specsta
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specsta 07/02/12 - 02:44 pm
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The March To Bankruptcy

Most likely, Sears Holding will go completely bankrupt and out of business. They have done some things to consumers that can only be defined as blind greed. What goes around, comes around.

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grinder48 07/02/12 - 03:27 pm
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Another Fatality
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Another fatality at the hands of obama's failed economic policy. Unemployment and dead economic growth leads to fears and people unable to spend money ... which leads to store closings, more unemployment, vacant real estate ... which leads to more of the same. Great hope and change obama. WE NEED A NEW PRESIDENT ! ! !

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Just My Opinion 07/02/12 - 03:38 pm
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Well,like Bdouglas said, the

Well,like Bdouglas said, the place is a dump! I honestly never remembered the place being well kept or organized. But, on the bright side, something else should move in because it is a great location. Let's just hope it's not another gym....hasn't that place had about 4 or 5 different gyms in there? How about a nice Circuit City?? Or how about a new location for Smartway Furniture? Oh, yeah, wait...maybe those wouldn't be good choices.
Okay...we need Countyman to get on this and get on it quick!! Shoot, he might ALREADY know who's coming in there!

scorehouse
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scorehouse 07/02/12 - 03:51 pm
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wally world
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is just around the corner. more lost jobs for the csra. bad news. seems to me the area could use a nice grocery store?

Jake
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Jake 07/02/12 - 05:15 pm
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Long ago

I recall back in the 60's that place was a driving range. They will probably put another church there and a car wash. You can cleanse your soul and vehicle at the same time.

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knightgirl75 07/02/12 - 05:45 pm
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K-Mart closing!

I like the one in North Augusta better anyways!!!!!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/02/12 - 07:34 pm
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Kmart overcharges on almost
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Kmart overcharges on almost everything. You can get most items cheaper from Walmart thats a stones throw away. The selection they have is very weak. Customer service is horrible.The employees are usually clueless helping you find things and the put the slowest cashier in the only line they open or the one whos got the loudest mouth that won't shut up long enough to do their job. Kmart has one of the worst return policies in the industry and even when sears took over they didn't change it and the managers have "discretion" over store credit vs cash refund even with a receipt so they say and will fight you tooth and nail up there. I'm so not surprised that location is closing. The only surprise is that it took this long. I Can't believe they are still in business period. Their website is one of the worst I've ever used.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/02/12 - 07:30 pm
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Bamaman I don't think the
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Bamaman I don't think the shopping center will die because of Kmart. Its never busy there, it only takes forever to check out because they don't know how to run a store. But I think its going to die too unless something changes because I've heard from a few people that "Landlords" are difficult to deal with, do the minimum when they finally do the repairs to that very old shopping center without compensation and charge the max. They say they stay there for the location but with the growing newer options in Columbia County for about the same price, they're looking elsewhere.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 07/02/12 - 07:32 pm
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Hubby suggested a Harbor
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Hubby suggested a Harbor Frieght this side of town would be cool, but would probably never happen, especially with reasons above.

KSL
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KSL 07/02/12 - 08:07 pm
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This is the most discussed

This is the most discussed and it has 11, now 12 comments?????

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/02/12 - 09:05 pm
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Went there to buy a Kenmore

Went there to buy a Kenmore vacume cleaner that was on sale there week before last and on sale last week at Sears and they would not match the price. They let me walk out. Guess it will be cheaper now.

Jake
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Jake 07/02/12 - 09:44 pm
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Most Discussed

KSL, at first I thought you were nit-picking about the most discussed issue until I started clicking on the "Most Discussed" and found like 5 comments on one article this morning when there were clearly others that had more. It is almost like the AC wants to encourage certain articles to be viewed and commented on and discourage others. What's up with that? I guess that is why the "Discussions" tab was deleted.

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Gage Creed 07/02/12 - 10:36 pm
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ATTENTION K Mart

ATTENTION K Mart Shoppers....blue light special on aisle 4

KSL
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KSL 07/02/12 - 10:43 pm
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Jake, you have known me a

Jake, you have known me a long time. I am not a petty person. I don't nit pick. I do question. I was taught to do that.

KSL
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KSL 07/02/12 - 10:55 pm
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Neither you nor I have had to

Neither you nor I have had to be reincarnated though for very legitimate reasons I had to change my name, then I chose to shorten it.

KSL
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KSL 07/02/12 - 11:06 pm
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I had to purchase a

I had to purchase a dishwasher for an absentee client. I had excellent service in Aiken. This is not a plug for Aiken. It is simply giving due to the person in appliances who was exceedingly helpful. Someone on another thread told me not to paint with such a wide brush. I'm just sending that forward.

Jake
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Jake 07/02/12 - 11:23 pm
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t of i

I remember that one from long ago. The first one i knew you by.

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Riverman1 07/03/12 - 05:06 am
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I've never been to K-Mart

I've never been to K-Mart when someone wasn't try to get a jump for their car battery in the parking lot.

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triscuit 07/03/12 - 08:08 am
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No service

I had no real problem with the store but rather with the staff. Who hires these people. Those that weren't functionally illiterate just acted like they were doing you a favor to stop their conversations long enough to help you.

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Willow Bailey 07/03/12 - 10:04 am
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No shock here. One of the

No shock here. One of the poorest run retail establishments in town. Whoever eventually moves in, should seriously consider raising the ceiling height during renovations.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/03/12 - 10:12 am
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You are right Riverman. And I

You are right Riverman. And I have never been to K Mart without asking myself. "why oh why did I come back in here?"

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Fools_and_sages 07/03/12 - 01:31 pm
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Store is dirty, disorganized, and overpriced
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I think I've bought one thing at Kmart since I moved heer four years ago. Kmart's prices are often 20% more than Walmart on most things and the store is dark, dingy, and unpleasant. I may participate in the closing feeding frenzy, though. There are a couple things I need or want that close-out prices might help me acquire. Let's just hope they don't jack up the prices 30% to take 30% off, like some other stores in the CSRA have done over the last several years. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised to see discounts top out at no more than 40% off because there are Kmart stores in North Augusta and on Gordon Highway to absorb some of the stock.

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