Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kmart Closings - Fall 2016

These are all of the Kmart stores closing by the end of December 2016. Most were announced in the Fall of 2016. If there are any that should be added or subtracted, please let us know!

0000 Thomasville, NC (Closing Mid November) (Early 90s store)
3044 Lawton, OK (70s store expanded)(Original Big K Express Gas Station/C Store)
3180 Merrillville, IN (70s store)
3241 Springfield, IL
3320 Houma, LA
3328 New Lenox, IL (70s store with room for expansion)
3355 Panama City, FL
3359 Gardendale, AL
3521 Binghamton, NY (Former GrandWay)
3556 Elkhart, IN
3594 Chicago, IL
3644 Nashville, TN (93 store w/ K Express on adjacent land)
3695 Sierra Vista, AZ
3706 Wytheville, VA
3754 Martinsville, VA (Early 90s store)
3814 Kearney, NE (Late 80s/early 90s store)
4066 Jackson, MI
4095 Joliet, IL (60s store with a former K Express?)
4135 Augusta, GA
4162 Salt Lake City, UT
4175 Canton, OH (Original Big K Express Gas Station/C Store)
4176 Cheektowaga, NY
4439 Yakima, WA
4700 Fenton, MI
4717 Oak Ridge, TN (Early 90s store)
4739 Clarksville, TN (The 1st location closed earlier in 2016) (90-93 store)
4772 Burnham, PA (1990-1993 store?)
4781 Macomb, IL
4837 Riverton, WY
4845 Manistee, MI (93 store)
4851 (68th St) Byron Center, MI (Mid 90s store)
4910 Mentor, OH (Super K which will become Meijer)
4917 Thornton, CO
4961 Burlington, NC (Former Super K. Has a K Express Gas Station)
4970 Memphis, TN (Last Kmart left in the city, former Super K w/ K Express Gas Station)
4972 Lubbock, TX
4984 Tinley Park, IL (Former Super K)
7024 Scottsbluff, NE (70s store)
7061 New Iberia, LA
7077 Harlingen, TX
7174 Pikeville, KY
7205 North Kent Mall Grand Rapids, MI (Former Wurzburgs)
7216 Moorhead, MN
7306 3709 E 10th St Sioux Falls, SD (70s store expanded)
7356 Jonesboro, AR
7412 3330 S 5600 W West Valley City, UT (70s store expanded. Was a Sears Grand)
7478 Waipahu, HI
7551 Indio, CA
7560 Craig, CO
7587 Fontana, CA
7625 Los Angeles, CA (Vermont Ave)
7642 Natchez, MS (Unknown year of build. Expanded in the rear)
7718 Hixson, TN
7733 Alpena, MI
7755 Deming, NM
7775 Lafayette, IN (Mid 90s store)
7795 Abilene, TX (Mid 90s store)
9129 Mount Airy, NC
9146 Great Barrington, MA
9397 West Saint Paul, MN
9571 Cullman, AL (93 store)
9586 Sault Saint Marie, MI
9623 Springdale, AR
9728 Smyrna, TN (70s store)
9751 Cody, WY ("Barn" store. Prefab building. VERY SMALL!)
3001 E. Michigan Ave Jackson, MI

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Marquette Mall - Guest post by Ryan Sobecki

Marquette Mall Michigan City, IN - Guest post by Ryan Sobecki

Malls often die a slow and painful death, and this mall is no exception. This mall opened in 1971, right when downtown was headed towards the suburbs. A 3 anchor mall with Woolworth's as a junior anchor. It was one of the first air conditioned malls in the state! I remember it having (in the 80's and 90's) a Walgreens and a Walgreens restaurant, a pet store, Man Alive, True Value, Hair Castle, Foot Locker, Chess King, Corn Dog place, Hot Sam's, an Arcade called the Gold Mine, Piercing Pagoda, Fox Jewelry, Bressler Ice Cream, K-B Toys, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Readers World/Hallmark, Record Town, I think a Castle Records (?), and later on a F.Y.E. and a Bath and Body Works.  Then they remodeled some of it in the early 90's I think and a food court moved into the Jo-Ann Fabrics area, then a Rex Audio moved into the Walgreens and now it is a Visitor Center.  They tried a McDonalds for a while, but that closed soon after.  It was never a mall that we would call "busy" because we used to go to Mishawaka (University Park)or South Bend (Scottsdale-now tore down) and Merrillville/Hobart (South Lake). The La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau moved in where the old Walgreen's and Walgreen's restaurant and then Rex used to be to try and get people to the mall I guess... The mall is about 5 miles north of I-94...on Franklin Street. The mall is currently 578,181 sq feet. The office tower is occupied by a number of law firms and health care providers.

A few vintage photos first:

A lot has changed since these photos were taken opening week. I will take you through the malls downfall, starting in 2010. All photos were taken by me, Ryan Sobecki.

Mall Directory - 2010

Carson Pirie Scott





Lets look at some OPEN stores




Now lets take a look at some closed stores




Lets look at this closed off corridor of the mall!



A look outside

Carson Pirie Scott


Office Tower




Marquette Mall Sign


Next, we take a look at 2013/2014!

Not much has changed... probably because they don't update the directory! 

JCPenney still holding on!

Carson Pirie Scott closing off there large entrance a bit

Stores like GNC could no longer hold on

The mostly empty hallways of a once bustling mall

Just add the website to make it look like its from the 21st century!

 Outside of Carson Pirie Scott


Marquette Mall 2016?

JCPenney closed their location. Sears & Carson Pirie Scott both remain. The mall is still open, but very few stores remain, and the mall is still for sale. Seems like its only hanging on due to it's anchor stores.

If you have updated photos from this mall, please submit them to