Kmart

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.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,038: Imperial Officer (Death Star Scanning Crew)

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, October 18, 2013

Let's put a stake through the heart of this week with the Imperial Officer (Death Star Scanning Crew), which finishes up our look at Kmart's new Scanning exclusives.  Next week: Ewoks.  But for now, check out this black-suited villain with fleshy gloves and a swell hat.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,037: Imperial Technician (Death Star Scanning Crew)

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, October 17, 2013

OK, so today we're looking at the new-for-2013 Imperial Technician (Death Star Scanning Crew).  It looks a lot like the 2009 figure, with some deco changes - and since it's a trooper, a slight difference is enough for me to qualify this as a new figure worth your while.  I am easy.  Read on!

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,036: Imperial Technician (Imperial Scanning Crew)

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, October 16, 2013

There are two of them! Today it's the Imperial Technician (Imperial Scanning Crew), or to the layman, "this is the one with the new head and missing parts."  You'll want this one - he's loaded with new gear and a head that's a tad too small.

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,035: TK-421 (Stormtrooper)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 15, 2013

We're back for a bit! Figure of the Day returns - but not every day - to show you TK-421, a new Stormtrooper that you might find at your local Kmart if they haven't already closed up.  Would you believe Hasbro made it interesting?  Well, they did.   Check it out - read on!