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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Winter Springs Big Kmart


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.



Stockroom



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. 
http://superkmart.blogspot.com/2009/07/former-goldenrod-big-kmart.html
http://superkmart.blogspot.com/2009/07/semoran-big-kmart.html









The updated road sign, 2011

That's all for now, folks! Hope you enjoyed the look at this typical Big Kmart store!

17 comments:

  1. nancy from casselberryAugust 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    well its still open and the management sucks! Goes to show you anyone can get a job. And where are the sodas that are suppose to be on sale? Went there 3 days in a row and still none,,manager is not supportive,,just says out ot it. no rain check or nothing. I think one sales person on the whole floor,cannot get anyone in jewelry. It should be closed down,,and oh no one is ever at the dressing room,,waitted with some other lady for 10 minutes then I left,,,told her good look as getting any help! never been back,,never go back!!!!!!!!!!!!! CLOSE IT DOWN,,,go to Walmart or the Mall... people work there and they have answers!

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    1. haha old people complaining on a non shc site

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  2. kmart rocks I am there once a month close walmart

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  3. Looks very similar to the Royal Palm Beach Kmart. The RPB Kmart got new signs on the exterior, but they didn't redo the inside at ALL. From what I can see, the interior looks very much like it, since they both have the Horizontal lights inside.

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  4. Nancy from casselberry is correct.

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  5. would like to see some posts about converted stores such as Putnam CT going from Sears Essentials back to a Kmart...

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  6. No customers is the place that slow.

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  7. I had to chuckle at how there's Lucky Charms cereal in the TNT box.

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  8. There is a kmart on turkey lake rd near this store and its very clean! Maybe i could send pictures

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    1. that one is close too since 2 months now

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  9. Only in My DreamsJune 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    The former Kmart across the street was built as a Grant City in 1964. At the time, there was also a Safeway at the other end of the shopping center, which closed long ago and was torn down for a Sheetz. Also, the Weis in the current Kmart center opened in 1987, before anything next door to it. Also, what now is the AAA office (next to the GNC) was a Wine & Spirits store, to be replaced by the current one closer to Kmart than Weis. Not 100% sure but I suspect the Wine & Spirits was once in the Grant City/Kmart plaza.

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  12. ITS CLOSING, I went in there last week and I was the only customer in there. Why would it be closing. Ther will be 2 left around Orlando now: kissimee and Clermont. why?

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    1. yesterday a friend told me they are con clearence cause closing, thats right ?

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  13. This store is (or was) similar to the Kmart in Royal Palm Beach, FL, which opened around the same time. The only real difference is that they did not add A/C to the garden shop during the Big K remodel.

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