Last Kmart In NJ Will Close Leaving Only Two US Locations
We’ve seen so many store closures lately that this really doesn’t come as a surprise. The Last Kmart In NJ will close in October leaving only two other locations in the US.
The Westwood, New Jersey Kmart on 700 Broadway, is set to close its doors in October. This location opened in 1982 making it one of the many thousands of Kmart storefronts in the country.
However, the chain experienced a slow decline when it went from being the 15th-largest corporation in the world in the 1990s to declaring bankruptcy in 2002.
Their marketing team did what they could to help save the brand. The “bluelight special” was just one of the attempts at bringing people through the doors.
In addition, many of us remember the hilarious “ship my pants” ads that came out and were viewed on televisions across America.
Sears Holding Corporation which operates Kmart, started closing the 11 New Jersey locations over the course of the last five years.
Following the closure of the Westwood Kmart in NJ this fall, the only two remaining Kmart stores will be in Miami, Florida, and in Bridgehampton, in Suffolk County, Long Island.
It leaves me thinking, what’s next? I know a lot of the stores that have been around since the 80s may continue to close as consumer habits change. But it seems like we’re on the verge of even more in the coming months and years.