One Of The Last Kmart Stores In Metro Detroit Is Closing Its Doors

WWJ News
November 07, 2019 - 10:28 am

WARREN (WWJ) - After 120 years of retail sales, one of the final Kmart stores in Metro Detroit is turning off its "blue light" and closing the doors.

The Kmart at 10 Mile Road and Dequindre in Warren is covered in signs that say "Store Closing Sale." 

It's surprising to longtime shoppers like Roseline Gianotto, who drives from Rochester Hills to shop at this location. 

"Kmart many years ago was a big, big store all over and now they're slowly depleting," she said, "That's kind of sad, really, for people around here and for everywhere."

Gianotto, who lived in Warren for years, remembers when the store would be bustling with shoppers. Now the parking lot is still full, but with bargain hunters looking for liquidation sales. 

"I was shocked when I saw it," she said. "I mean, I was shocked and then I wasn't because so many stores are closing now and one's following the other. You just don't know which one is going to go next."

Gerry Belinski, from Warren, said the store closing is a sign that times are drastically changing.

"It's very sad. We're old enough to know Kmart was like Hudson's used to be, and you know how many years that goes back to Hudson's," she said. 

At its peak in 1995, the Troy-based company operated almost 2,500 stores nationwide. Once current liquidation sales are over, fewer than 100 will remain. 

"K-Mart has always been a pretty good store," said Warren resident Chuck Smith. "This one has been here forever and now, that's it."

While the company blames its mass closures on plunging sales and lost profits, Smith thinks he knows why the Warren location is closing. 

"They never should have got rid of them subs," he said with a smirk. "You don't remember them? Like a dollar a piece. They were good. That killed them."

Workers at the store say they aren't sure when exactly the doors will be closed for good, but most predict it will happen by the end of the year.