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Kmart closed 2k+ stores since 2005. What’s happened with its retail space?

Former Kmarts now house labs, churches, and more.

August 26, 2021

Singdhi Sokpo (The Hustle)

In 2005, Kmart had 2,085 locations. Today, it’s got 17. In all, ~230m square feet worth of Kmarts have shut.

What’s happened with all that space?

A lot. Former Kmarts now house flea markets, labs, dealerships, driving schools, and funeral homes. One site houses a large Baptist church, a bowling alley, and soon, a call center. Another in California will house a weed farm.

On another note, remember Kmart’s “ship my pants” commercial?

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