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Sears, Kmart Closing More Stores

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, November 9, 2018

The retail apocalypse continues with more Sears and Kmarts closing.  40 stores are closing between now and February, including one of very few remaining stores in my neck of the woods.  If you have a certain kind of socks or pants you want, you better get them now if you still have a store near you. 

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46 More Kmarts, Sears Closing This Year

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, August 23, 2018

Over the last few years we've been tracking the slow decline of Kmart and Sears, two former titans of retail that have outlasted Toys R Us and numerous other retail behemoths.  Today 46 more stores were announced to be getting the axe, and you can read the list of them here.  

It's been a fascinating year for toys, where a once-unstoppable monster like Toys R Us went from crushing numerous regional competitors to being closed forever in the USA, and mere months later the long-dormant Mego Corp action figure line is back, and at Target, and cheap.   Things keep changing, but remain unpredictable as we move into an increasingly unstable future in the world of toys.

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The Ongoing Kmart Sears Death Spiral

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yet another list of Kmart and Sears store closures has been posted, furthering the former retail giant's goal of exiting several states.  This batch is set to close by mid-April, and this may be your last chance to visit the once-proud Kmart.  Thousands of years ago Kmart was king over Walmart and Target, and today both Kmart and Sears combined have just a few hundred stores left.   When going on your toy hunts, enjoy your stroll through those aisles as we're in a constantly changing era.

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45 Kmarts, 18 Sears Closing

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, November 3, 2017

The guillotine continues.  The USA Today and others are reporting Another 60-plus Sears, Kmart stores set to close in January 2018; see the list.   It's less a strategy for competitiveness than it is an ever-decreasing trek toward obscurity, marching toward the same place in our culture held by Montgomery Word, Woolworths, or Kay-Bee Toys.   As far as we know Hasbro is no longer offering Kmart or Sears exclusive toy product, but it's increasingly difficult to verify this first-hand. 

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The Last Kmart in Phoenix - Retail Archaeology on YouTube

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, September 18, 2017

So Kmart isn't doing well - in Phoenix, most of them have slowly closed and become other things - furniture stores, indoor go-karts, or sad husks. The last open store is on the I-17 and Northern, currently going through its death throes. I was there last week on my birthday toy run, and the toy department had been collapsed with the former toy department being empty shelving for sale. It looked far better in July, when the YouTube account Retail Archaeology made this lovely video.

Semi-related, Toys R Us announced it'll file for some sort of bankruptcy this week, which doesn't necessarily mean it's going out of business.

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35 More Kmart, 8 Sears Closures

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 7, 2017

Formerly two of the biggest juggernauts in America, it seems like we're having regular monthly updates on more store closures for both Kmart and Sears.  In a blog at Sears Holdings, 35 more Kmarts and 8 more Searses are set to begin liquidation this week - including the last remotely handy Kmart to GHHQ. You can read Transformation Update for more, or go right to the list of closures.

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Sears, Kmart Announce 72 More Stores Closing

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The grim refrain continues.  Business Insider posted Sears is closing 72 stores — here's the full list yesterday.   This includes Sears automotive outlets as well as many Kmarts, and it seems my local Kmart has an "inventory reduction sale" with no confirmation of being on any of the closure lists. 

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More Kmart, Sears Closures for 2017

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Business Insider has another round of Kmart and Sears closures - 150 stops are now slated to be closed.  Click here to see if yours is on the list.

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Final List of Kmart, Sears Closures for 2016

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, December 30, 2016

Former retail giants Kmart and Sears have been finding their customer base becoming more selective, as some major cities have closed a store or three per year until all that is left is one or two stores to serve a couple million people.   This week, Business Insider posts Sears and Kmart are closing more stores - see if your store is on the list. (Mine wasn't.)   With only a handful of stores remaining, exclusives are tougher to come by and it's less frequently a stop on a typical toy tun for many of us. 

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Kmart to Have Less Jakks Pacific Stock This Season

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, October 21, 2016

We were forwarded this story from a few people, so we're linking to the WSJ: Jakks Pacific Said to Suspend Toy Sales to Kmart.  I know not a lot of you go to Kmart - or can go to one - but they tend to have a lot of Jakks Pacific Big Figs front and center in their stores, making them a visual staple of their toy aisles.  And, of course, Kmart and Sears have been around forever - but haven't had the best press lately.   Take a look.

Press Release: Hasbro Reveals Many New Rogue One September 30 Exclusives

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, September 23, 2016

Hasbro's PR team kindly sent along a press release with many new and some neewish exclusives! More are coming this fall, but for now, here's a look at what you can expect on (or around) Friday, September 30. None of the 3 3/4-inch figure exclusives are listed here, but 6-inch, prop replicas, Nerf guns, and more await you after the jump.

More Kmart and Sears Closings - Is It Your Store?

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, August 11, 2016

Big chains come and big chains go, with some not exactly expanding as the 21st century trudges on.  80 more Sears and Kmart stores closed this week, and Business Insider has a list of recent exiles.   One in Arizona is gone, along with four in California and a heck of a lot in Pennsylvania.   Click here to see if your store made it.

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Kmart, Sears Store Closing List 2016

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, April 21, 2016

If you're having a nightmare trying to find Kmart's exclusive 6-inch Starkiller Base Rey and Kylo Ren action figures, it's going to get worse.  (Also thousands of people are about to lose their jobs and a pillar of the retail economy for decades is going away.)   CBSNews.com has an article whose headline says it all - Is your local Sears or Kmart store closing?  The answer seems to be yes for a great many people, so check that out.

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Kmart Star Wars Kylo Ren Exclusive - In Stock Now! Maybe!

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Here it is - again!  The 6-inch Kmart exclusive Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) is in stock as of my writing this - you can get it picked up at stores for free, or get it shipped.  It's $5 more than the regular version, but sports unique deco on the feet, a base, different hands, and a different lightsaber.  I just ordered mine - if you want one, click here to check availability.

Update: Don't use Paypal on the Kmart.com web site right now, as it seems to be causing problems. 

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,040: Stemzee (Ewok Assault Catapult)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I've been engaged in Stemzee cell research! This new furball comes from Kmart's new and possibly in-your-local-store Kmart exclusive Ewok Assault Catapult.