Thursday, December 26, 2013

Photos of Kmart Expansion Stores

Here is a listing of all the Kmart expansion stores we've covered. This means these stores were specifically built to be expanded into Super Kmart, the "store within a store" concept (think Target P-Fresh) or were older stores that were being groomed for expansion by adding a gas station or had belt driven checkout lanes. This list is a work in progress and was last updated on 12-26-13.

Anderson, SC



Martinsburg, WV


Cambridge, MD (CLOSED)



University Blvd Charlotte, NC (CLOSED. Was a Hobby Lobby, now vacant)



Mabelton, GA (Unconfirmed)



Duluth, GA (CLOSED, was Old Time Pottery)



Eisenhower Parkway Macon, GA (CLOSED, now Virginia College)



Carlisle, PA


Matamoras, PA


Vails Gate, NY (Originally a Caldor)


Parsippany, NJ



Waynesboro, VA



Barberton, OH



Patton Ave Asheville, NC



Clarksville, TN



13 comments:

  1. I actually built a replica of a KMart exterior minus the sign from legos

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    1. Ditto...with foam and a ton of hot glue!
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/64587289@N05/14192193762/
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/64587289@N05/13987152248/
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/64587289@N05/14171131012/
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/64587289@N05/13987173230/

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  2. That's definitely not the Waynesboro, PA store pictured.

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  3. Are the stores that appear to still be open but no longer have a sign in the process of being converted to Super Kmarts? Just curious why the original sign would be removed before a new or temporary sign could be put in place.

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    1. Super Kmart is a dead concept so sadly no. Some stores are just removing the "Big" sign and keeping the K.

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  4. I thought the "store within a store" Super Kmarts, if and when converted, would offer a full grocery section (e.g. deli counter, bakery) which would offer more than Target's PFresh.

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    1. I'm pretty sure the "store within a store" would have fresh grocery but no actual deli or seafood dept. So you can get prepackaged meats and cheese, but nobody is there to slice it for you. Wal-mart has some locations like this.

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  5. that last pic with no location on it looks like the big k here in anderson, indiana...

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    1. It was a classic Kmart design from about 1973 till 1984.

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  6. Am I correct in assuming that those stores which have a smaller entrance arch over what would be the garden shop area (similar to the main entry arch) were stores intended to be expanded?

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    1. Correct. Usually in the store there is no "door" to go in the garden center and instead, theres a huge opening or, no wall at all.

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