History UsefulNotes / Kmart

8th May '18 9:14:39 AM Market43Fan
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Today, of course, Kmart is still going (but going nowhere), with around 624 stores and one Kmart Super Center[[note]]which is scheduled to close in early 2018[[/note]]. 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 624 stores and one (the last Kmart Super Center[[note]]which is scheduled to close Center - in early 2018[[/note]].Warren, Ohio - closed in April 2018). 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.
2nd Feb '18 6:53:37 PM Market43Fan
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The first Kmart (or K-Mart, as it was then known) opened in Garden City, Michigan in 1962. The chain eventually reached a peak of 2,000 stores by 2000, coinciding with their newly-renovated "Big K" stores (which was around the same time they stopped upgrading their equipment -- seriously, it's like stepping into 1993). Unfortunately, Kmart has fallen to a rather distant third place in the discounter race, namely due to being behind on remodeling, poor location build-out, deranged leadership[[note]]Eddie "[[SmallNameBigEgo New Warren Buffett]]" "[[PointyHairedBoss Crazy Eddie]]" "[[ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping Rolex Watch]]" Lampert[[/note]], and general incompetence. It also saw the loss of its Canadian locations in 1998 to rival Zellers (which itself was sold to Kmart rival Target in 2013, only for the now-Target Canada to be so poorly run that it was shut down in 2015).

Today, of course, Kmart is still going (but going nowhere), with around 624 stores and one Kmart Super 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.

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The first Kmart (or K-Mart, as it was then known) opened in Garden City, Michigan in 1962.1962[[note]]that location remained open until a string of closings in early 2017 claimed that store as a casualty[[/note]]. The chain eventually reached a peak of 2,000 stores by 2000, coinciding with their newly-renovated "Big K" stores (which was around the same time they stopped upgrading their equipment -- seriously, it's like stepping into 1993). Unfortunately, Kmart has fallen to a rather distant third place in the discounter race, namely due to being behind on remodeling, poor location build-out, deranged leadership[[note]]Eddie "[[SmallNameBigEgo New Warren Buffett]]" "[[PointyHairedBoss Crazy Eddie]]" "[[ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping Rolex Watch]]" Lampert[[/note]], and general incompetence. It also saw the loss of its Canadian locations in 1998 to rival Zellers (which itself was sold to Kmart rival Target in 2013, only for the now-Target Canada to be so poorly run that it was shut down in 2015).

Today, of course, Kmart is still going (but going nowhere), with around 624 stores and one Kmart Super Center.Center[[note]]which is scheduled to close in early 2018[[/note]]. 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.
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.
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