This Kmart was expanded in the early 1990s and was changed to the Big Kmart concept in the late 1990s. As a test trial, Sears Holdings changed this store to the Sears Grand concept in 2005.
Unlike the few stores that were built from the ground up as Sears Grand, this store was a poorly converted Kmart. This Sears Grand store did not seem to have any sales or food and did have kind of a horrible smell. As Sears Grand, business picked up for a while because of the new name on the store, but then shrunk to be less than when the store was Kmart. It was soon evident that Sears Holdings Company (SHC) made a mistake when they converted this store to Sears Grand.
In late 2011, SHC decided that the store would be changed back to Kmart. The Sears Grand started to clear out its merchandise in December of 2011.The sale went on through February 19th 2012 (when the store closed for the harder part of the remodel). My photos from when the store was still Sear Grand were taken in early February.
On March 2nd, 2012 this store was reopened as Kmart (a day after Kmart's 50th anniversary). The store celebrated its Grand Opening on March 10th. This "new" Kmart offers and lacks some features that typical Kmart stores offer. This store has two fitting room areas instead of the traditional one (sorry, I did not get photos of this), but lacks a Pharmacy. This store features somewhat of a more upscale look than other Kmart stores. The store features a larger pantry section than most Kmart stores and has all new shelves. I have photos taken after the store was reopened as well (below).
This store is located at 30010 Detroit Road in Westlake, Ohio. This store is located in the Bay Plaza shopping center (also home to Marc's and Pet Supplies Plus). The Kmart is located across the street from two large shopping centers and is very close to Interstate 90. The other shopping center are the Promenade (anchored by Giant Eagle) and Crocker Park (newer style higher class shopping center built to resemble the downtown area of a city).
|Store as a Big Kmart from Bing Maps|
|The store as Sears Grand, Notice the decline in cars. Bing Maps|
|Here is a setup of the area that I made with Bing Maps imagery.|
Here are the pictures I took of this store.
The Following Photos are from my 3-3-12 visit to this store.
|The exterior of this store, it does not have a similar look on the exterior as other Kmart stores. This store was built to resemble the design of the shopping center it is in.|
|The Garden Center, an Interstate 90 off ramp is in the background.|
|The Milk for sale and some of the pantry section.|
|A blurry photo of the price scanner. It is clear that this was taken from a different store since it has the old Big Kmart and Super Kmart logos on it.|
|The Electronics Section of this Kmart. This electronics section is the best one I have found at a Kmart. At other Kmart stores I have been in the Electronics sections are very closed off, but here it actually seems like part of the store.|
|A look towards the back of the store|
|The sign above the pole says price scanner, but there was a phone on this pole at the time of my visit.|
|Another view of the same pole.|
|A nicer shoe department than others found in Kmart stores.|
|A look towards the Layaway and the Restrooms.|
|The seasonal section|
|More of the seasonal section|
|An aisle that was partially stocked during my visit.|
|Notice the call for service sign. I looked around for a phone, but could not find one.|
|One of the Electrical / Fiber Optics boxes, is it just me or is this a real eyesore.|
|An aisle looking towards the larger than average Kmart pantry (it still only had three refrigerators). The large vent in the ceiling and the exposed lighting kind of bring down the effect of the remodel.|
|Two of the store's three refrigerators.|
|The pantry section|
|The unfinished Garden Center|
|The full expanse of the seasonal section|
|The Home Improvement section|
|Sporting Goods and Exercise equipment. Notice the bikes blocking the aisle, that does not seem well thought out.|
|A closer look at the aisle blocking bikes|
|An emergency exit. I cannot believe they did not removed the old sign before putting the new one up.|
|Back aisle of the store|
|Restrooms and Layaway|
|Part of the Home section|
|In the Clothing section; looking towards the back of the store.|
|In the clothing section; looking towards the front entrance of the store.|
- The following photos are from my 2-6-12 visit to the store (while it was still Sears Grand).
|Where the shoes were located during the remodel (this is now Health and Beauty).|
|The Main Entrance|
|Nothing is for sell on the other side of this curtain|
|A view of some new aisles.|
|A Sears Grand cart|
|New shelves waiting to be assembled. The Garden Center entrance is in the background.|
|Unfinished Pantry section|
|Looking towards the closed of section of the store.|