If you see any news about Kmart these days, it’s probably for one reason.
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Kmart mostly seems like an anachronism these days, and not just because of the internet, but because it seems like every town has a Walmart, a Target or both.
But what if a town doesn’t?
We have plenty of the other shopping totems of suburbia where we live — Trader Joe’s, Staples and the like — but I’m not entirely sure where the nearest Walmart is. There’s a Target 20 minutes or so away.
But there’s a Kmart right down the street from my house. It seems kind of dated inside — although how much of that is subconsciously knowing it’s dated? — and its parking lot is way too large for the standalone store it is, so it swallows up even a decent amount of cars.
However, it’s there. And more importantly, it has everything.
Well … not everything. My wife said she once heard a customer complain it didn’t have pool salt.
Everything else, though … there’s a pretty good chance. We were there today because it was the most-convenient place to pick up dish soap on our way home from lunch.
Before we went to London earlier this year, I needed underwear and another pair of jeans, and I hate traveling out of my way to shop, so Kmart it was.
I don’t know if “convenient place to get random stuff when there are no other options” is a recipe for surviving, much less thriving, but I’m going to appreciate our local Kmart as long as we have it.