August 27, 2012

Spotlight: Kmart - Fort Pierce, FL

2111 S Federal Hwy Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Today we continue our streak of featuring Florida Kmart's submitted by our anonymous source. This one being located in Fort Pierce, FL. The difference with this location is it's an older and outdated store. It's 88,437 sq ft and opened on May 13, 1976, making it one of Kmart's older stores. This store is a former Grants department store location. This is one of the Kmart's that give the chain a bad name for being old, smelly, and cramped. At one time the store did have a large auto center, but it's now part of the toys department and backroom. There is no longer a pharmacy at this location, as it was removed about 10 years ago due to low sales volume. Mainly from a pharmacy being at the Winn-Dixie and CVS next door and also in the Publix close by. The store also had a Little Caesar's for a while. It was a franchisee leasing space within the store, not a Kmart run Little Caesars. Unfortunately Sears Holdings raised the rent and the franchisee left. The funny thing is he relocated in the shopping center a couple doors down from Kmart. It was cheaper to rent a space there in the center than being inside of Kmart. When it was inside Kmart, it had its own entrance from the outside of the store. That entrance is now boarded up and the area is used for layaway storage.

Former auto center, now a toys department.

Former Little Caesar's entrance.
This store is in a fairly busy shopping center with a Winn-Dixie grocery store on the other end. The store is located on a major highway with a large amount of low income households nearby, which fits the demographic for this store. There's no competition around, as in Walmarts or Targets. The closest Walmart is to the west. It's in a very busy section of town by Interstate 95, making traffic not worth going to it. Sales were really good at this store up until last year, having dropped about a million dollars less than the previous years. If sales don't increase this year, the store will more than likely be slated for closure. During Kmart's heyday, this was a corporate meeting store and district manager office for the central east coast of Florida, due to its location at the time. The store features a large conference room and store managers office.

Looking towards one end of the store.
You may have noticed in the first picture that the Big and yellow slash for the Big Kmart logo have been removed, with just the Kmart part of the logo remaining on the front of the building. There's a interesting story to that. Like a lot of Kmart locations, the paint was badly faded on the letters. At the time, the store manager sent an associate on the roof with a bucket of blue, red, and yellow paint to repaint it. After he repainted the logo, the results were awful. Just an FYI, you can't paint a hard plastic light up sign with just an off the shelf paint. The result was terrible chipping with chunks of paint falling off. The company decided to remove the Big and yellow swoosh part of the logo. They kept the Kmart part and resurfaced it. Because of removing only part of the logo, the Kmart part is not centered on the building and holes are still visible where the rest of the logo was. Now that's Kmart genius at its finest!

Looking towards the jewelry counter.
This store looks very rough on the inside and is a big departure from some of the nicer, remodeled Kmart we have featured on here recently. There's mismatched floor tile colors all over, mismatched looking ceiling tiles, old store areas boarded up, and just a general tired, depressing look. And there you have it, the Fort Pierce, FL Kmart. Enjoy the rest of the picture below and leave your comments on this store!

A very unappealing looking store.

Green tile? Was this left from when it was a Grant's?

Old electronics department sign, not many store still have this up/

Terribly mismatched floor tiles up an aisle.

Old wood boards on the wall.

90's garden center sign, from the Big Kmart era.

Former auto center, now toys department.

The ceiling of the old auto center.

Disgusting looking air vent.

Typical summer patio area.

The infamous coolers.

This store actually has a decent selection of dairy items.

Mismatched ceiling tiles.

What?! No long rows of florescent lights at this store?

You can definitely tell this wasn't a ground up Kmart because of the lights.

Green lines to go with the green tile.

Lock up case for air rifles.

The path to layaway and the restrooms.

Grey lines on top of green lines.

Possibly the former Little Caesars area.

Another shot of it from the side.

Baby department looking towards the clothing area.

Back wall of the baby area.

Mismatched Women/Men's fitting room signs.

Girls clothing looking towards front entrance.

Service desk with big focus on Western Union services.

Exit doors.

Left side of building.

Right side of building with old Little Caesars entrance.

Final shot of this Kmart store.

11 comments:

  1. looks terrible hell the one I work at looks a lot better then this I'm surprised this one is still opened

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  2. Looks bad, as many Kmarts do. Although this one in Gaithersburg is actually quite nice http://superkmart.blogspot.com/2012/08/gaithersburg-kmart.html

    thanks for the nice photos!

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  3. Several stores in East Texas and Louisiana still have the old 1990's electronics advertisements that are in this store. I wonder how many of the brands listed on those signs are still in business? Keep up the great work on the blog.

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  4. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?

    Brian

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  5. Wow!! Big difference than the one I work at!!... Hope there are some changes being made...

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  6. Dirty, with unhelpful staff. Prices are outrageous! Much higher than Walmart. Arson fire last weekend didn't help. Store reopened with little stock, most aisles blocked and extension cords runnimg everywhere. Walmart is now ell worth the drive. I feel very sorry for anyone forced yo shop here. I'd rather go to Winn Dixie and the Goodwill across the street!

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    1. Just there today, no way it will remain Kmart once their lease is up in a couple of years.

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  7. Looks like my kmart on rivers avenue it so sad to look at it was a nice super kmart but then it converted and now it looks sad I liked to shop there now I just shop my smaller kmart in ladson sc

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  8. Just there today, I was under the impression all Kmarts looked like this one currently. Thanks for showing me different awesome blog!

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  9. Kmart has been part of Sears Holdings for the past 10 years. Sears Holdings is on track to lose $1 billion this year and has been downgraded by the credit agencies as just above default. It supposedly only has enough cash to operate another 13 months, but it will likely not be that long. It is fast careening toward bankruptcy.

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