Kmart on Washington Road closing Sept. 23

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Kmart on Washington Road has reached its last two weeks in business.

The store at 3830 Wash­ing­ton Road in Martinez is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 or when the last item is sold, store manager Ron Rachel said.

“Our goal is to sell everything,” Rachel said. “We’ve been selling fixtures, and we’re going to ship some fixtures throughout the country. It’s getting empty now.”

Shoppers have been responding well to the closing sale, Rachel said. This week, the back of the 120,000-square-foot store was nearly cleared out.

The store, one of three Kmarts in the metro area, was among Sears Holdings Corp.’s latest list of store closings. Chicago-based Sears Holdings has been closing underperforming Kmart and Sears stores since last year to reduce expenses.

The Washington Road store has about 30 employees, which will remain at the store until the last day, Rachel said. When the closing was announced in July, the store had 77 employees, according to Sears Holding spokeswoman Kim Freely.

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David Parker
David Parker 09/11/12 - 01:18 pm
:( WAAHHH. I remember

:( WAAHHH. I remember school shopping and getting cherry ICEE

TrulyWorried 09/11/12 - 05:22 pm

What a pity!! Hopefully the employees will be able to find jobs quickly.

Riverman1 09/11/12 - 08:57 pm
That store was always kind of

That store was always kind of out of place in Columbia County. K-mart and Walmart started about the same time. It's a study in how one plan works and one doesn't.

bdouglas 09/11/12 - 09:59 pm
I'm not sure if it has to do

I'm not sure if it has to do with being out of place or if it's more to do with them being run into the ground after they bought Sears and shut a bunch of stores down. They weren't amazing before that, but ever since then there's been a marked decline in how they take care of the stores and how many employees are available at any given time. I always used to say Kmart was a "classier" version of Walmart, and Target a classier version of Kmart. But now it's more like Kmart is a classier version of Big Lots, and even that is a stretch.

kiwiinamerica 09/11/12 - 10:47 pm
This is sad but it has been a

This is sad but it has been a long time coming. I've watched that store and K-Mart in general, slowly deteriorate to the point where it looked like a dollar store. I've had some great bargains there in years past and will be sad to see it go. It's like an old friend to me.

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