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(Yahoo)   For some of you, 22 depressing photos that show how Kmart is dying. For the rest of us, 22 depressing photos that show you what a Kmart is. (bonus: not a slide show)   (finance.yahoo.com) divider line 368
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2013-11-04 01:28:20 PM
A blind ferret could take better pictures than this guy.
 
2013-11-04 01:43:31 PM

sigdiamond2000: A blind ferret could take better pictures than this guy.


I think there were some blind ferrets under one of the shelving racks.
 
2013-11-04 01:44:51 PM
I think everyone knows that S mart is better than Kmart
 
2013-11-04 01:47:12 PM
Look, I'll be the last one to deny the fact that K-Mart is a horrible, outdated place to shop (at least in my town it is).  But it looks to me like a lot of those pictures were taken just after the holiday season.  That would explain the disorganization, empty shelves, and odd placement of holiday items.  And I defy you to find a retail store on the 26th of December that doesn't look like a bomb went off in its aisles.
 
2013-11-04 01:51:01 PM

PainInTheASP: Look, I'll be the last one to deny the fact that K-Mart is a horrible, outdated place to shop (at least in my town it is).  But it looks to me like a lot of those pictures were taken just after the holiday season.  That would explain the disorganization, empty shelves, and odd placement of holiday items.  And I defy you to find a retail store on the 26th of December that doesn't look like a bomb went off in its aisles.


Uuuum, no.  That looks exactly like the Kmart in Springfield, VA TODAY.
 
2013-11-04 01:53:10 PM
Wow. That place looks *exactly* like the K-mart in my town!
 
2013-11-04 01:53:31 PM
"But today the Sears-owned chain..."

bzzzzt. wrong.

K-Mart bought Sears.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2013-11-04 01:58:42 PM
In a K-Mart near my childhood home, the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world were served from a restaurant at the back of the store.  The grill was surrounded by grey smoked glass.  From the ceiling were suspended white glass globe lights on long white cords.  The colors on the walls, booths, tables and chairs were orange, brown, mustard yellow, and dark orange.  It was like eating in a Houston Astros uniform.  I loved that little grill.

The manager went on from there to run two Luby's restaurants, and later opened up a similar restaurant with a nicer atmosphere and menu than a standard Luby's.

I got in touch with him a few years ago, and he told me how to make the grilled cheese I remember - but the key part is missing - the seasoned grill where everything else was cooked that day.  :(
 
2013-11-04 02:01:31 PM

calbert: "But today the Sears-owned chain..."

bzzzzt. wrong.

K-Mart bought Sears.


Exactly.   The history-deprived TFA author was probably confused because K-Mart changed it's name to Sears Holdings after the purchase.

However, I think Sears pwned them as the downfall of K-Mart can be traced back to the purchase of Sears.

Sears Exec: "We just can't compete with K-Mart, they are too cheap and have a better supply chain."
Other Sears Exec:"I know how we can beat them.  Let them buy us!  We will be an anchor around their necks for decades!"
Sears Exec: "Brilliant!  Now, bring in the hookers and blow!"
 
2013-11-04 02:05:26 PM

PainInTheASP: Look, I'll be the last one to deny the fact that K-Mart is a horrible, outdated place to shop (at least in my town it is).  But it looks to me like a lot of those pictures were taken just after the holiday season.  That would explain the disorganization, empty shelves, and odd placement of holiday items.  And I defy you to find a retail store on the 26th of December that doesn't look like a bomb went off in its aisles.


Looks like the Kmart in my town about six months before it closed.

/it closed well over seven years ago
 
2013-11-04 02:06:00 PM
To me, that pretty much looks like Kmart has always looked. It isn't Tiffany's.
 
2013-11-04 02:08:18 PM
Craftsman hot sauce?
 
2013-11-04 02:08:32 PM
Anyone else remember Kresge's?
 
2013-11-04 02:09:29 PM
It really helps the narrative when you use a 2003 cell phone to take the pictures.
 
2013-11-04 02:11:38 PM
At least the smell of the diner was a positive memory. Covered up the shame of shopping for school clothes there.

I also miss the smell of the nuts and sweets stand at Sears. And their little video arcades.
 
2013-11-04 02:12:00 PM
I must be one of the lucky ones. The Kmart in town here is well-stocked, well-lit, and doesn't reek of despair.

I suppose it helps their profitability here that they're the only discount store for about a 30-mile radius. No Target or Wal-Mart without driving almost an hour in any direction, so they have that whole share of the market locked up.
 
2013-11-04 02:12:44 PM
I went to a local Kmart recently. Buckets all over the place to catch water from the rain the night before.

Walked right out. I've seen a Dollar Tree in better shape.
 
2013-11-04 02:12:55 PM
That's how the one looks by me. And I'm certain they will be dead within a year. My mom discovered last week that they aren't honoring returns with cash or store credit due to conflict within the company. That's a bad sign.
 
2013-11-04 02:13:10 PM
Brian Sozzi/Belus Capital Advisors is depressing, and I want to kak punch him.
Since he's such an opinionated blow hard, he MUST have a Fark handle.
 
2013-11-04 02:14:33 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Anyone else remember Kresge's?


Oh yes.

I went to high school in a little town called Dawson Creek, BC. Up until the early 90s, there was a Kresge's still holding on  by its fingernails in the downtown area. Great place to get a cheap plate of tasty fries after school, in the cafeteria.
 
2013-11-04 02:14:35 PM
There's no People of K-Mart, because even the People of Walmart have standards. And the fact there are no People IN K-Mart.
 
2013-11-04 02:14:49 PM
More like Kame Apart, amirite?
 
2013-11-04 02:15:25 PM
In one of those pictures I thought it said "Huggable Fleshlight".
 
2013-11-04 02:16:08 PM

barneyfifesbullet: It really helps the narrative when you use a 2003 cell phone to take the pictures.


You misunderstand how bad it is.

The store hasn't upgraded to hi-def yet. That's how it actually looks.
 
2013-11-04 02:17:40 PM

433: In a K-Mart near my childhood home, the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world were served from a restaurant at the back of the store.  The grill was surrounded by grey smoked glass.  From the ceiling were suspended white glass globe lights on long white cords.  The colors on the walls, booths, tables and chairs were orange, brown, mustard yellow, and dark orange.  It was like eating in a Houston Astros uniform.  I loved that little grill.


My K-Mart had that, too. Haven't seen a department store with one since.
 
2013-11-04 02:18:14 PM

calbert: "But today the Sears-owned chain..."

bzzzzt. wrong.

K-Mart bought Sears.


came here to say this...glad i skimmed the comments to see it was already covered
 
2013-11-04 02:18:53 PM
I get my boxer shorts at K-Mart in Cincinnati.
 
2013-11-04 02:18:59 PM
Walking into a K-Mart is so depressing. Nobody there.  Shelves empty.  But also shelves filled with far outdated stuff. Literally, nobody working the checkout lanes.  My guess is that I'd have to grab someone to check out.

I don't know what it is though.  Outside of the tech aisle, the rest of the store is also bizarrely creepy.  Like the land time forgot or something.  It's almost like someone cast a curse on K-Mart and it's got a dark cloud hanging over it.
 
2013-11-04 02:19:22 PM
We've got a KMart here.

They remodeled the building sometime within the last five years or so.

It used to have entrance and exit doors spanning about a third of the entire front of the building. It is quite a large building and those doors let in assloads of sunlight.

Now it has ONE SET OF FRONT ENTRANCE and EXIT DOORS. The interior lighting does not make up for the loss of sunlight from the former frontage of doors.

It's still reasonably decent as far as stuff to buy but I will NOT go back there simply because of the damn front door.

It's a damn fire hazard.
 
2013-11-04 02:20:16 PM

sprawl15: barneyfifesbullet: It really helps the narrative when you use a 2003 cell phone to take the pictures.

You misunderstand how bad it is.

The store hasn't upgraded to hi-def yet. That's how it actually looks.


Could be worse.  Hell, Kansas is still black and white...
 
2013-11-04 02:20:17 PM
Wapner.
 
2013-11-04 02:20:19 PM
"More than a decade ago, Kmart was Wal-Mart's biggest rival.  "

I don't think that's even true.
I remember about 15 years ago when most Kmarts anywhere near me closed.
Target has always been Wal-Mart's rival as far as I know.
 
2013-11-04 02:20:23 PM

This text is now purple: 433: In a K-Mart near my childhood home, the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world were served from a restaurant at the back of the store.  The grill was surrounded by grey smoked glass.  From the ceiling were suspended white glass globe lights on long white cords.  The colors on the walls, booths, tables and chairs were orange, brown, mustard yellow, and dark orange.  It was like eating in a Houston Astros uniform.  I loved that little grill.

My K-Mart had that, too. Haven't seen a department store with one since.


Grandma used to take my brother and I there about once a month, to give my mom a break.  I always made sure to get butterscotch pudding.
 
2013-11-04 02:20:26 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Anyone else remember Kresge's?


Yes. Before it was wrecked by being sucked into K-Mart, you could get a nice Tahiti Treat at the soda fountain. Outside, I played one of the first "video-type" games. I think it was called "Red Baron" and involved very choppy rear projection.

Most of the preceding sentence I would have to explain to my son in every particular, it's so far in the past.
 
2013-11-04 02:20:32 PM
Oh look a bent paper sign. OMG this store is on the brink of financial ruin!

What drama queen took these photos?
 
2013-11-04 02:21:02 PM

sigdiamond2000: A blind ferret could take better pictures than this guy.


Retail merchants don't want you taking pictures in their stores.  Silly nowadays that everyone has a camera, but in the old days there were "retail espionage" agents that would sneak around stores taking pictures for competitors.

Fry's - an electronics store in California - used to throw people out and ban them from their stores for taking pictures - because they didn't want any evidence of how they were violating all their pricing and merchandising agreements with their suppliers.
 
2013-11-04 02:21:12 PM

dryknife: I get my boxer shorts at K-Mart in Cincinnati.


TMI
 
2013-11-04 02:21:41 PM
Meh, I've seen pretty similar scenes in most stores like that - Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target etc.

You've got tens of thousands of square feet of floor and shelf space in these places, it's not hard to find places that look like ass either due to staff not having gotten to re-stocking a section, a section undergoing an inventory change or customers who have caused a bit of a mess that hasn't been cleaned up yet.
 
2013-11-04 02:22:07 PM
In one of those pictures I thought it said "Huggable Fleshlight".

Wishful thinking Carn???
 
2013-11-04 02:22:10 PM
I can work myself up to feel sad for the death of a big box store.  It just means there is a little less evil in the world.
 
2013-11-04 02:22:13 PM
Jesus, Kmart has been unshoppable for 15 years.  The only thing I'd shop for in a Kmart is Hepatitis. Or to sell Meth to the employees.
 
2013-11-04 02:22:49 PM

Igloo: JohnAnnArbor: Anyone else remember Kresge's?

Oh yes.

I went to high school in a little town called Dawson Creek, BC.


Yep. In rural NC, where I grew up, stores like Kresge's and Nichol's were the only places you could find parts for VWs, believe it or not. The local car parts stores only carried items for Ford or GM (or tractors) and they weren't interested in them furrin cars. So you went to Nichol's and there, in the auto section, was a peg board with VW parts. Points, four plugs, rotor and cap for like $8. They also were the first place to carry Castrol oil, which went well with the German blood in the car. A case of 24 bottles was $31.

They also carried cheap wine and beer and weren't too fastidious about checking IDs.

/lawn, off
 
2013-11-04 02:23:19 PM
This looks like every department store I've been to, it's not just Kmart.

At least the John Cena display reminds them to never give up.
 
2013-11-04 02:23:29 PM
K-Mart has been losing money ever since customers realized they lack Target's sense of style, Wal-Mart's broad selection, and either chain's lower prices.

They hoped that being able to directly stock Craftsman tools would somehow make them unique and distinctive in the big-box retail space, and were proven utterly wrong.

In all honestly, I haven't in fifteen years seen a single good reason for anyone to shop there.
 
2013-11-04 02:23:30 PM

busy chillin': More like Kame Apart, amirite?


I'll give it a smirk and a nod, but still short of a chortle. Now, if you said "Not-OK-mart", that might have garnered a snicker.
 
2013-11-04 02:23:35 PM

dryknife: I get my boxer shorts at K-Mart in Cincinnati.


So much fail in such a short statement.
 
2013-11-04 02:24:14 PM
Costco is the only warehouse store worth a shiat.

I wonder if we'll have "Costco is dying" articles 10 years from now.
 
2013-11-04 02:24:30 PM

haemaker: However, I think Sears pwned them as the downfall of K-Mart can be traced back to the purchase of Sears.

Sears Exec: "We just can't compete with K-Mart, they are too cheap and have a better supply chain."
Other Sears Exec:"I know how we can beat them. Let them buy us! We will be an anchor around their necks for decades!"
Sears Exec: "Brilliant! Now, bring in the hookers and blow!"


There's actual truth in this, before the purchase many retail insiders were wondering what the hell K-Mart was thinking because Sears had such a huge valuation issue.
 
2013-11-04 02:24:45 PM
www.marketplaceohio.com
 
2013-11-04 02:24:52 PM

sprawl15: barneyfifesbullet: It really helps the narrative when you use a 2003 cell phone to take the pictures.

You misunderstand how bad it is.

The store hasn't upgraded to hi-def yet. That's how it actually looks.


i see what you did there...but not clearly
 
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