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(Yahoo)   K-Mart emerges from bankruptcy today with about 600 fewer stores, 60,000 fewer employees   ( divider line
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4600 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 May 2003 at 12:01 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-05-06 10:03:22 AM  
And next year they will go bankrupt again.

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Wal-Mart Forever !
2003-05-06 10:22:55 AM  
Why did they bother?

Their problem, other than sucking, is that they have no brand image, other than sucking. Walmart has "cheap white trash", target has "hip and cheap trendy" .. KMart has .. um... "Martha Stewart".
2003-05-06 12:02:55 PM  
cool, another place to buy crap I don't need is still in business.
2003-05-06 12:05:06 PM  
Looks like its time for another round of milion dollar bonuses for the exutives.
2003-05-06 12:05:09 PM  
Yokes: Agreed. At least we can always call it "Tar-jhey" down here. Hehe.
2003-05-06 12:05:27 PM  
Clearly they can solve this problem by putting in even more unattended checkout lanes, or emblazoning NASCAR on the few products that haven't yet been defaced.
2003-05-06 12:05:52 PM  
You can't keep good white trash down...

except with a shotgun round to the chest from close range.
2003-05-06 12:06:06 PM  
A lean, mean, Blue Light Special machine!

Maybe Fuzzy Zoeller can get his outdoors show back.
2003-05-06 12:07:06 PM  
Wankers forget why they were put into bankrupcy in the first place ... there's no place for this shiat-pit as long as Wal-Mart is intent on driving them out of business.
2003-05-06 12:08:24 PM  
Awwww.. crap, I hate K-mart almost as much as I hate Wal-mart. I only don't boycott K-mart because they are the only ones around here who carry the foaming pipe de-clogger that I need to use once a week in my cruddy apartment that is falling apart.

Methinks Target is the most tolerable.
2003-05-06 12:09:07 PM  
Don't trash K-mart. It's an excellent place to go if you're feeling like crap. The people you see there really help your self-esteem.
2003-05-06 12:09:44 PM  
If they're still charging $12 for a bathmat with Martha Stewart's name on the tag (like they were in Aug. '01) they're gonna go down in flames.
2003-05-06 12:09:57 PM  
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2003-05-06 12:10:09 PM  
Wal-mart and K-mart pretty much suck equally.
2003-05-06 12:11:03 PM  
LexiLuthor: They sell foaming pipe cleaner, only it's called "NASCAR foaming pipe cleaner".
2003-05-06 12:11:03 PM  
Calisa: I must agree. I was at K-mart on Sunday and afterward I did feel superior. Then I remembered that all these people can vote, and there are a lot more like them than like me, and I got depressed again.
2003-05-06 12:11:33 PM  
"It's a good thing."

2003-05-06 12:12:03 PM  
In other news, Kmart will now offer "Stuff", "FHM", and "Maxim" magazines. Their plan is to steal the lucrative 'crappy men's magazine' market away from Walmart.
2003-05-06 12:12:17 PM  
"Tell him, Ray."
2003-05-06 12:12:54 PM  
K-Mart employees enjoy a higher quality of life than their Wal-Mart bretheren.
2003-05-06 12:13:06 PM  

Fark K-Mart. They will never be able to beat out S-Mart, where for a low price they will sell you appliances and swallow your soul !

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"Come get some."

2003-05-06 12:13:27 PM  
Does that mean Rosie is back!

/insert girl on girl comment here.
2003-05-06 12:13:46 PM  
Cymtex: I don't care what it's called, it clears my drains! There isn't a large NASCAR fan base up here though. You'd need to go a bit further north to the New Hampshire K-marts.
2003-05-06 12:15:00 PM  
.....the New Hampshire K-Marts... sounds like white-trash aristocracy.
2003-05-06 12:15:25 PM  
I've got to put in another vote for Tarjhey.. I remember the first time I went into one, I was about 19 (there wasn't a Target in my home town) and I needed to buy some socks and white cotton shirts. I was confused because all the packages were neatly arranged by size, and none of them were torn open or strewn all over the floor, like at K-Wal-Mart. I nearly fainted.
2003-05-06 12:15:44 PM  
I chortled out loud. Thanks.

Also, the chick hugging the plank in the current SBB add is cute.
2003-05-06 12:16:03 PM  
Holy crap! I went looking for S-Mart references too, but look at the thread-jack I found!

Pity the dead foo!
2003-05-06 12:16:36 PM  
In our ski resort town, the K-mart is the only large
store that's worth a shiat. the village, which used to have
a market, drugstore,and a couple of variety stores is now
almost uniformly "Cutesy Crap" and "Tacky touristy stuff".
the nearest large store is an 80 mile roundtrip.
It seems K-mart recognized that,'cause ours is still there.

Where else can I go to get three bad car batteries in a row...
2003-05-06 12:16:42 PM  
CanuckGuy: Is this what you had in mind?
2003-05-06 12:17:26 PM  
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2003-05-06 12:18:38 PM  
Cymtex: I must say that I love Target (despite my love of mom and pop shops). They are so neat and clean, and their own brand is really good quality. And when you can't find something, someone is there to *Gasp* help you out!

Yay Target! Die Wal-mart!
2003-05-06 12:21:23 PM  

Fark K-Mart. They will never be able to beat out S-Mart, where for a low price they will sell you appliances and swallow your soul !

Outstanding. Back in the day, KMart used to sell firearms. Then they became ghey.

Of course, for quality BOOMSTICKS, there's only one place to go....
2003-05-06 12:21:24 PM  
K-Mart emerges from bankruptcy today with about 600 fewer stores, 60,000 fewer employees..../i> and still not a single damn good reason to go there.

I'll drive an extra half hour to avoid a K-Mart - I stopped going there when the stores started to resemble garage sales, with stuff just thrown anywhere and no semblance of order. Even if you manage to find what you want, good luck finding a price on it.
2003-05-06 12:21:40 PM  
Target while expensive is way better than those farkers at Kmart or WalMart, hell walmart doesnt even carry Maxim magazine anymore, they truly only want white trash in their stores.
2003-05-06 12:22:09 PM  
Kmart sucks, but if it keeps the inbreds out of Target (to some degree), then I'm all for them.
2003-05-06 12:23:38 PM back customers from powerful competitors such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT - News), Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT - News) and even Kohl's Corp. (NYSE:KSS - News)

I would rather amputate my own arm then repel down a mountain than shop at Wal-Mart. Target sucks just a little less. K-Mart rocks.
2003-05-06 12:24:01 PM  
They shut down the K-Mart near my house, and I'm not about to actually travel any distance to find one now. K-Mart has been a shiatstain of a retailer for years. They watched Wal-Mart rise and pass them right by and did nothing about it. Try going to K-Mart and asking for assistance. Can you actually find an employee to plead your question to? It feels like you're the Omega Man in those farking stores. They have like three people working the entire store.
2003-05-06 12:25:15 PM  
Yeah, I like Kmart and Walmart. They keep the white trash out of the Target store down the street. It's kind of like when the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) puts cow manure in the end zone at the football games to keep the flies off the cheerleaders.
2003-05-06 12:25:58 PM  
and multi-million dolar bonuses for the higher ups
2003-05-06 12:27:05 PM  
Re: cleanliness at Target..
I had a few friends in college that worked at a Target in Hight School. They said they often got compliments from customers on how clean and neat everything was. I asked if they had some special policy about keeping the place clean, but they just said once a shift they just walked around and checked things out, put things in order. So I asked why Wal-K-Mart is so filthy if that's all it takes, and they said "Because they hire farking mouth-breathers"..
In a related story, one of my roommates (a mouth-breather, in fact) in college got a job at Wal-Mart, he said he had some trouble his first day. He was supposed to report to his supervisor first thing, but he couldn't find him. After two hours he found his supervisor, hiding in the men's dressing room in the clothing dept., hiding from the boss.
2003-05-06 12:27:19 PM  
Try going to K-Mart* and asking for assistance. Can you actually find an employee to plead your question to?

* Some manuscripts: Target, Wal-mart, or SAMS or ANY NATIONWIDE RETAILER AT ALL
2003-05-06 12:27:54 PM  
But while the clothing selection at K-Mart is scary (it's like Dollar General but with a little less class), the clothing sizes at Wal-Mart is just terrifying. Size XXXXXL Women's pull up elastic waist denim pants, super mega XXXL women's Garfield shirts, and mens Dickies pants that would comfortably fit on a Buick. At least Target doesn't cater their clothing specifically just for the morbidly obese.
2003-05-06 12:28:47 PM  
sorry to threadjack, but considering the uncanny talent of Farkers to find information, I have a question that I am hoping someone could help me with.

I am looking for information on two topics:
1. Is there somewhere I can go to to find out which companies are laying of employees (I am looking for stats on major companies mostly)
2. I am also looking for stats pertaining to companies that are outsourcing work to foreign countries (IT and such)

I have a paper due and this was what I wanted to write it about.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

(resume Kmart bashing in 3, 2, 1...)
2003-05-06 12:29:19 PM  
K-Mart emerges from bankruptcy today with about 600 fewer stores, 60,000 fewer employees

100 employees per store?
2003-05-06 12:31:31 PM  
All the support for Target makes me feel old - I remember when Target was pretty much just like K-Mart. This was before Sam Walton began conquering the nation.

Then, a few years ago, I relocated due to work, into a town with a Target. It had been quite some time since I had seen one, and when I walked in, my first thought was, "When the hell did Target get hip?"

Target has obviously put an emphasis on snappy design and customer service that's moved them up a step on the discount store ladder.
2003-05-06 12:35:06 PM  
Momiage, try (replace FARKED with the the real spelling of the real word). I'd use an html link, but my html privelages were revoked awhile back.
2003-05-06 12:36:19 PM  
My own observations have revealed that while the NASCAR-clad crowd may make a strong showing at the *-Marts, they are equally matched by those in Looney Tunes wear. For some bizarre reason, the Looney Tunes characters have been embraced by the "manufactured housing" type...with special emphasis on the Tasmanian Devil.

Is this type of clothing simply cheaper? Are they furnishing their wardrobe by winning prizes at Six Flags? Am I alone in noticing this phenomenon?
2003-05-06 12:38:04 PM  
Orb_nsc: I too, shudder at the thought of the XXXXL elastic waist pants you speak of. But they are catering to their customer base, so they can't be blamed.

Target had the best idea of all when they teamed with famous designer to create a reasonably priced, high quality line of clothing that would appeal to a younger, more fashion conscious set. I shop mostly at pricey stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks, yet I adore Target's clothing line and buy a whole bunch of their stuff too (it's double the clothes for half the money!).

Die Wal-mart, and take your customers with you!
2003-05-06 12:38:15 PM  
you biatches need to shop smart, and shop S-Mart
2003-05-06 12:38:31 PM  

Just rent that old and busted piece of crap, "Roger and Me."
There's plenty of anti-big business junk in there for you to put in your paper.
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