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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Nashville, TN: Nolensville Big Kmart
4095 Nolensville Pike at Harding Rd Nashville, TN 37211
92,770 Sq Ft
This store is directly across from a Wal-Mart Supercenter (which replaced the defunct and razed-over former Harding Mall) that opened in 2006... good luck surviving! (Note: from multiple parking lot counts, obviously the Wal-Mart parking lot is almost always crowded, but the Kmart one still has quite a few cars, a good sign.) There are remnants left over from other now-closed Kmart stores here - like Super Kmart shopping carts. I added a nearby Food Lion picture because I thought it looked neat and sort of retro. Edit: The Walmart Supercenter effect (a killing zone for traditional supermarkets nearby) has come. The Food Lion closed in Feb 2010. (Note: we'll post Food Lion store closing pictures in another update in the next month) The Layaway (one of the few areas Kmart offers that Walmart doesn't currently) is in the posterior right corner of the store. A view from the front right of the store. This is the front right corner. Looks like a former Kmart Cafe or Little Caesars area, now holds infants' supplies (strollers) and clearance items. Some of the far cashiers lanes look rather lonely. The Pharmacy. It looked crowded with several people standing in the small aisles waiting - if there is any room to spare (probably not), it may be worth it to add a bench area. Or perhaps this way people will go shopping while waiting. The Garden Shop in January was closed. They should spruce up the looks and add new signage, as this is the most visible corner of the store from Harding Road, and it doesn't look that appealing to non-Kmart fans. Some stylish (for Kmart) clothing! Looking from the middle back of the store towards the entrance. Kmart now owns and operates its own shoe department. Previously, Footstar Corp owned the inventory but they went bankrupt. The restrooms in the back. Some old signs! Furniture! More furniture! There are new signs on the walls of the electronics department - a nice touch. A helpful salesperson was also hanging around on this visit - great job! Granted, Kmart's electronics department still has a ways to go, especially with Walmart devoting more and more space and promotions to this category. The Craftsman tools aisle. Some empty spots, but pretty decent overall. Note the linear fluorescent lighting and white linoleum (?) tiles. Target does a much better job with ambience by having "splotchy" lights on the ceiling instead of long straight lines. Note the new signage on the top of the walls with national brands. I wonder if the brands had to pay for the pseudo-ads, or if Kmart is just happy to be able to carry them. Kmart is doing a decent job in stocking the shelves and uncluttering, but somehow the vintage 1970's store feel still hangs over it sometimes. Not that it's a bad thing, but Walmarts are generally moving toward a more "upscale" wooden-floor-type airy feel. Please don't do drugs, people! The very first thing to welcome shoppers is a sign-up table for the loyalty card program Shop-Your-Way rewards. That's all for now! A view from the air of Harding Rd at Nolensville Pike. The Kmart is on the left, with decent number of cars, while the Walmart supercenter (formerly Harding Mall) is on the right.
Competition: Directly across the street, a 192,968 sq ft Walmart Supercenter opened January 2007, replacing Harding Mall. It was the 91st WM Supercenter in TN, not including 16 regular stores, a handful of Neighborhood Markets, and 16 Sam's Clubs.
Update: The Nolensville Pike Kmart was partially damaged by floods in Nashville in May 2010.
note: some "bird's eye" photo overviews taken from Bing maps, as indicated; a few other photos are from other online sources such as Flickr.
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