MARSHALL, MI – The last remaining Kmart in Michigan closes this weekend, ending 59 years of operation in the company’s home state.
Marshall’s location, 15861 Michigan Ave., is expected to close on Sunday, Nov. 21, according to Marshall City Manager Tom Tarkiewicz.
Kmart has deep roots in Michigan dating back to 1899, when Sebastian Spering Kresge opened a dime store in downtown Detroit, according to the company’s website.
SS Kresge Company discount stores grew for decades until the company turned to operating department stores.
The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, Michigan in 1962.
In four years, the big box discount store operated 162 stores across the United States. At its peak, Kmart operated approximately 2,500 locations around the world.
In financial trouble, Kmart filed for bankruptcy in 2002 and was acquired by Sears Holding Company three years later. Kmart then continued to struggle, shutting down most sites in the United States for the past two decades.
Only six Kmart stores are expected to remain in operation by the end of the year, CNN reported.
“The biggest concern is for residents of Marshall and Albion who do not drive and must use our transit service to shop. With the closure of Kmart, they have no stores to shop for household and personal needs, ”Tarkiewicz wrote in an email to MLive.
Other closed Kmart stores in Michigan were occupied by new retailers like Family Farm & Home, a KFC restaurant, Dollar Tree, a U-Haul facility, and TJ Maxx. A Norton Shores Kmart building sat empty for 15 years before it was demolished and replaced with a new health facility.
Tarkiewicz said the Marshall Kmart building does not yet have a new tenant.
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