History UsefulNotes / Kmart

16th Jan '18 8:29:36 AM Jeduthun
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* "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kmart_realism Kmart Realism]]" was a name given to a literary movement that featured minimalist stories about people struggling in bleak consumer capitalist settings in middle America.
15th Jan '18 10:34:00 AM Jeduthun
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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties and [[UsefulNotes/TheEighties Early '90s]], it was a staple of [[BoringButPractical reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise]] geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.

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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties and [[UsefulNotes/TheEighties [[UsefulNotes/TheNineties Early '90s]], it was a staple of [[BoringButPractical reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise]] geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.
15th Jan '18 10:29:40 AM Jeduthun
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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties, it was a staple of [[BoringButPractical reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise]] geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.

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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties, UsefulNotes/TheEighties and [[UsefulNotes/TheEighties Early '90s]], it was a staple of [[BoringButPractical reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise]] geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.
15th Jan '18 10:08:21 AM Jeduthun
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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties, it was a staple of reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.

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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties, it was a staple of [[BoringButPractical reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise merchandise]] geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.
14th Jan '18 7:44:54 PM Jeduthun
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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand; in the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.

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Kmart is a discount store located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand; Zealand. In the US, for several decades peaking in UsefulNotes/TheEighties, it was a staple of reasonably-priced no-nonsense merchandise geared toward middle-class shoppers. In the latter two countries, it's a low, low, ''low''-end discount store licensing the name.
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14th Jan '18 7:33:44 PM Jeduthun
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One particularly noteworthy sales gimmick was Kmart's so-called "Blue Light Specials", surprise 15-minute in-store sales offering deep discounts on various items. These were announced with an actual flashing blue police light (which could be moved around the store to the location of the sale item) and the memorable CatchPhrase, "[[MemeticMutation Attention, Kmart shoppers]]! There's a Blue Light Special in aisle 5." These proved so popular with bargain-hunters that at one point Kmart's mascot was a talking blue light bulb named "Mr. Blue Light." Though the sales were officially discontinued in the early 1990s, they have been UnCancelled several times, most recently in [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-kmart-bluelight-specials-1103-biz-20151102-story.html 2015]].


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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', socially awkward station manager Kenny complains that he doesn't like to go to Kmart because the mannequins are too sexy.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' makes an appearance while creepily quoting the [[MemeticMutation memorable slogan]], "Attention, Kmart shoppers!"
24th Dec '17 8:44:13 AM MarkLungo
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* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' once had a feature on names turned into acronyms. [=KMart=], according to them, stood for '''K'''eeping '''M'''iddle '''A'''merica '''R'''eally '''T'''acky. It featured a customer buying a matching [=shoes/belt/watchband=] set and another one buying a fake jewel encrusted toilet seat.

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* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' once had a feature on [[FunWithAcronyms names turned into acronyms.acronyms]]. [=KMart=], according to them, stood for '''K'''eeping '''M'''iddle '''A'''merica '''R'''eally '''T'''acky. It featured a customer buying a matching [=shoes/belt/watchband=] set and another one buying a fake jewel encrusted toilet seat.
16th Oct '17 10:10:50 PM C2
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Today, of course, Kmart is still going (but going nowhere), with around 1,200 stores and maybe a dozen Kmart Super Centers. In 2005, it merged with Sears and now carries Sears' Craftsman and Kenmore brands, although not power tools or heavy appliances at most locations. Some of the stores are merely maintained for the real estate between them (the impetus for the Sears merger) and close when inevitably the land price becomes higher than maintaining a store there; for instance, the Kmart near Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field happily closed when the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Packers]] offered a mint to the company for the land.

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Today, of course, Kmart is still going (but going nowhere), with around 1,200 624 stores and maybe a dozen one Kmart Super Centers.Center. In 2005, it merged with Sears and now carries Sears' Craftsman and Kenmore brands, although not power tools or heavy appliances at most locations. Some of the stores are merely maintained for the real estate between them (the impetus for the Sears merger) and close when inevitably the land price becomes higher than maintaining a store there; for instance, the Kmart near Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field happily closed when the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Packers]] offered a mint to the company for the land.
15th Sep '17 11:29:06 AM Green_lantern40
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-->''"[[TheStinger ...K-Mart is the savings place!]]"''

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-->''"[[TheStinger ...K-Mart is the savings saving place!]]"''
21st Apr '17 6:38:17 PM themisterfree
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Kmart used to own several other chains: a supercenter called American Fare[[note]]which failed after only three stores, although the name lives on as one of Kmart's private brands[[/note]]; hardware superstore Builders Square[[note]]sold to Hechinger in 1997, closed in 1999[[/note]]; bookstore chains Borders and Waldenbooks[[note]]spun off into their own company which went under in 2011[[/note]]; office supply chain [=OfficeMax=][[note]]sold off in 1995; continued to hold its own until merging with Office Depot in 2013, though both nameplates are still in use[[/note]]; Pace Warehouse[[note]]a warehouse club similar to Sam's Club, to whom many locations were sold in 1993[[/note]]; Payless Drugs[[note]]sold off in 1994, bought out by Rite Aid in 1999[[/note]]; and Sports Authority[[note]]sold off in 1995 and did well until being saddled with massive debts in a 2007 management buyout; went under in 2016[[/note]].

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Kmart used to own several other chains: a supercenter called American Fare[[note]]which failed after only three stores, although the name lives on as one of Kmart's private brands[[/note]]; hardware superstore Builders Square[[note]]sold to Hechinger in 1997, closed in 1999[[/note]]; bookstore chains Borders and Waldenbooks[[note]]spun off into their own company which went under in 2011[[/note]]; office supply chain [=OfficeMax=][[note]]sold off in 1995; continued to hold its own until merging with Office Depot in 2013, though both nameplates are still in use[[/note]]; Pace Warehouse[[note]]a warehouse club similar to Sam's Club, to whom many locations were sold in 1993[[/note]]; Payless Drugs[[note]]sold off in 1994, bought out by Rite Aid in 1999[[/note]]; 1996; West Coast Rite Aid stores continue to offer Thrifty Ice Cream[[/note]]; and Sports Authority[[note]]sold off in 1995 and did well until being saddled with massive debts in a 2007 management buyout; went under in 2016[[/note]].
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