Winter Springs, FL Big Kmart
1425 Tuskawilla Road at Red Bug Lake Rd, Winter Springs FL 32708
Winter Springs, Florida Big Kmart - a typical suburban sprawl story. This store was rumored to be on its death bed by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper in 2005 but remains open as of 2012. At 86,479 square feet, it is a medium-sized Big-Kmart, and opened in 1990 with the shopping center as one of the two anchors (Albertsons supermarket was on the other end) on what used to be cow pastures. In 2010, around 80,000 people (~85% white) lived within a 3-mile radius with a median household income of nearly $85,000 - seems to be a more affluent area for a Kmart store. The nearest direct mass-merchant competitors are a Target store near the Oviedo Marketplace around a 3 mile drive away, and a Walmart Supercenter on Semoran almost a 4 mile drive away, so the Kmart has got itself a small niche location-wise, although of course brand-wise that may be another story. In spring 2012, the Albertsons supermarket closed (largely due to the opening of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market a handful of years ago), and the rest of the plaza has been sleepy as well, with several stores coming and going.
On several occasions the Kmart had buckets placed around the stores where leaks were coming through from the ceiling, and in general, has not seen much of a remodel since it's opening over twenty years ago.
|The road sign (but not the store sign) has been updated to the "new" (already a decade old) logo in 2011 (see below for photo)|
Side view of Garden Center. Photos 2007-2009.
The following photos are from 2011:
|Softlines (clothing, baby supplies, fitting rooms) and the Olan Mills are on the left side of the store from entry.|
|View from the left toward the entrance.|
|Rear-left corner of the store includes luggage and sporting goods. Sometimes the items seem cluttered.|
|Electronics is sequested in the rear-center of the store|
|The impact of the Sears merger: a few random appliances. Most definitely not the "magic bullet" to take on Wal-Mart!|
|The electronics counter. Wonder how long it takes to get help here?|
|The furniture section in the center of the store looked decent!|
|Empty shelves on the main aisle!|
|Does this still work?|
|Home improvement and auto and layaway in the rear-right of the store|
|The lettering of Layaway looks slightly off...|
|There are two entrances to the garden shop on the right of the store, this is the rear one. The garden shop is in a more "warehouse" feel as well as an outdoor section fenced in.|
|The garden shop inside part, with the door on the left leading to the plants and soil outside.|
|The garden center entrance/exit.|
|Pharmacy is in the front-right of the store|
|Random buckets. Catching leaks?|
|Oh, the typical "Cold Milk" fridge found at so many Kmarts... seems rather well stocked for a Kmart actually!|
|Checkouts. It appears there used to be more. The area between the checkout and exit used to hold a One Hour Photo Shop, but now just has some clearance merchandise since the photo center got dismantled a few years ago.|
|Area where Kmart Photo Center used to be. Not much remains.|
|This map looks to be from circa 2004-2007ish? The Goldenrod location is whited out, having closed in 2009. The Semoran Orlando and Lake Mary locations also closed in 2011.|
|The updated road sign, 2011|
That's all for now, folks! Hope you enjoyed the look at this typical Big Kmart store!