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David Melson

Picturing the Past 152: KMart

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 9:37 AM
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  • David,

    Was K-Mart before Walmart? I know that in some places there are still K-Marts but in the Dallas area they all had to close because they were not profitable. It was possibly because of Walmart. I just wondered if Shelbyville at one time had both Walmart and K-Mart.

    -- Posted by cookie on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 12:04 PM
  • Shelbyville's Walmart is a successor of the old Big K, which opened in Big Springs Shopping Center in 1965. Walmart bought the Big K chain sometime in the 1980s.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 2:05 PM
  • My understanding the closing of K-Mart was not because it was unprofitable but the group of K-Marts that it was linked with were, so it wasn't profitable for the dilivery trucks to continue to serve this particular one and therefore the whole group was closed.

    -- Posted by walrite on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 2:14 PM
  • I think KMart bought Sears. In the DC area it's still quite busy, and its main competitor is Target, not WalMart (which as far as I know is always a superstore with about 50 acres of parking).

    -- Posted by razyn on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 5:06 PM
  • Look at those wonderful cars!!

    -- Posted by moonwalker on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 5:11 PM
  • The cars got my attention too. quite a few classics sittin on that lot.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Mar 29, 2012, at 12:42 AM
  • Yeah, at one time we had a K-Mart and a Freds. I wish now though we had a Target because it is such a better store than Wal-Mart.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 1:03 AM
  • It was well after 1996 when it closed, because I moved to Bedford County in '96 and I remember shopping there.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Mar 31, 2012, at 12:13 AM
  • And Big Lots took the space when K Mart did close, but even Big Lots didn't last very long there.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Mar 31, 2012, at 12:14 AM
  • PTP #153 will appear Wednesday.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 4:28 PM
  • i miss having the Kmart..

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 2:02 PM
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