August 15, 2016

Spotlight: Kmart - Tuscaloosa, AL

Kmart Store #3194 635 Skyland Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

Today we are spotlighting the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Kmart that was submitted to us by one of our guest contributors. This submission comes from our unpublished archives as these pictures were taken and submitted to us back in 2012.

90's service desk and mismatched floor tiles.

This store was opened on November 25, 1974 and received a minor Big Kmart remodel upgrade in the 90's. Other than that this store is pretty much unchanged since it opened in the 70's. As you can see from the pictures the age and lack of updates/upgrades has really taken its toll on this store. It has mismatched tiles everywhere and a very old garden center sign. One positive of this store and the reason it has survived so long being so run down is its location. The store sits with great road visibility at the intersection of two busy roads. There is a Walmart about 2 miles away but nothing else really close to compete with Kmart.

Abandoned auto center bays.

This store features a large window front that the 70's stores had. A lot of the 70's stores had the majority of its front windows covered up over the years but this store still has them. This store has a long abandoned auto center, a pharmacy, and a hidden away layaway area. Being a 70's store, it originally had a Kmart cafeteria in the back of the store. You can see in the pictures where there's a ceiling arch and different tiles on the floor was where the original cafeteria was located at.

Enjoy the rest of the pictures below and be sure to check out the store in person as it is still open as of August 2016.

To the left was where the original cafeteria was located.
Original cafeteria area flooring.

More cafeteria flooring.

Taken before Kmart phased out video games.

Mismatched tiles everywhere!

Entrance door to former auto center.

Original 70's style door.

Hidden layaway corridor.

July 9, 2016

Spotlight Revisited: Kmart - Rome, GA

Closing time...

Located at 102 Hicks Dr, Rome, GA 30161
It's time once again to revisit the Kmart located in Rome, GA, this is our third documented trip to the store on Kmart World. We visited it in 2008 when it was still a Super Kmart Center (the last remaining one in Georgia) and again in 2012 after it had been downsized to a regular Kmart store. Back in May 2016 it was announced by Sears Holdings that it would be one of several Kmart to close around the country despite it being one of Kmart's busier locations. When we were at the store it was about a month and a half away from closing and was well into it's store closing sale. There's not too much to add that we didn't already cover in our previous two posts of this store. Enjoy all of the pictures below, we even have some exclusive shots of the former grocery area that was walled off back in 2009 and hasn't been seen since!

Closing sale was well into effect.

They still had some live plants for sale.

Pharmacy labelscar, it closed right before the closing sale started.

VCR's? This sign dates back to about 20+ years ago.

Old auto center entrance on the right side.

Layaway area.

Can't figure out what this used to be!

Looking towards the old, closed off grocery area.

The hanging plastic curtain covering the old grocery area has been removed!

Newer grocery side displays.
Now to get to some really interesting pictures. They took down a part of the shelving that had been blocking the entire length of the former grocery area. The area was now open as a fixture, furniture and equipment sales area. We went into this area and got lots of great shots that you can see below. We were the only people in this area at the time which made it easier to get good pictures. Enjoy!

The opening in the shelving to get into the former grocery area.

Looking towards the former meat and seafood wall.

Former meat and seafood area.

Former fresh seafood counter.

The area where the faux wood flooring is the start of the former produce.

Looking towards the former dairy and bakery wall.

I believe this was previously the produce prep area.

Looking through an opening in the wall to the backroom area.

Former dairy and lunch meat area.

To the right was the bakery and then the deli past it.

Former bakery and deli

This would have been the grocery aisles.

This would have also been the grocery aisles.

Former K Cafe area.

This was the spot of the deli counter with hot food and lunch meat and cheeses.

Old blue light special signs!

Looking at the former deli.

Old grocery aisle signs.

Looking back towards the pharmacy.

K Express was already shut down for good.

The Floral department was in use up until the closing sale began.

Former Olan mills spot, you can still see the label scar on the wall.

There used to be more registers in this open area.

Game room was closed but still had all the games in it.

Area used to have more registers.

This store originally had 16 registers and now has 9.

The former Pharmacy, it was open up until the closing sale began.