Michigan-based Kmart once had 2,486 stores globally, now that number is down to less than twenty globally, with 33% of US locations closed forever.

It was in 1962 that the very first Kmart store opened, and 60 years later might be the last. It may not be so terrible, but 2021 has been a bloodbath for the company as they closed twenty stores, leaving just six in the continental United States, with two closing permanently at the end of March. The company’s official website doesn’t even seem to keep up, still listing five new york storeswhen only one blue light is on in the Empire State.

Need to go to Kmart? It’s a long way from Michigan

Michigan locals know the company has its roots here and was headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Troy. Our last of what once numbered 134 stores in Michigan disappeared shortly after the September 2019 announcement that the Marshall store was closing permanently. At that time, there were 16 Kmart stores left in the world.

Kmart is indeed a global brand and has six stores in the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In the continental United States, only six stores remain, and two of them will be gone by the end of March. Brostocks answers everyone’s question: “Is Kmart bankrupt?”

Kmart originally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 22, 2002. Kmart later merged with Sears after it bought the company for $11 billion in November 2004 and became known as Sears Holdings Corporation. Sears Holdings declared bankruptcy in October 2018. The remaining Kmart footprint was then sold to Transform Co in February 2019 and stores have since continued to close, leaving only 12 Kmart stores.


Last out, turn off the blue light.

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These are the only remaining Kmart stores in the United States

Think beyond borders. Four of the remaining fourteen Kmart stores are in U.S. territories outside of the continental United States. Take a look at the last remaining Kmart stores.

Check out the Kmart in Battle Creek before the store is completely razed.

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