By April, two of the remaining Super Kmart Centers (or should we say Super K, or Kmart Supercenter, or... well at any rate, whatever they were called, they didn't ever generate much brand clout) will be converted to normal kmarts and de-grocerized. Hm, that's probably not an English word, but you know what that means. Around 20,000 square foot of the grocery section, including the meat and deli and bakery counters, will be emptied. SHLD would likely want to sub-lease this space out to 3rd party "store-within-a-store" retailers as that would guarantee revenue at basically no cost, but it might be tough to find a store that wants to be in, honestly, a much lower volume (fewer customers than the Wal-Mart down the road) aging store.
The two Super Kmarts that are being downsized are in Tabb, VA and in Medina, OH.
Super Kmart Store 3786
1105 N Court St, Medina OH 44256
This 151,544 square foot store was the FIRST Super Kmart ever, opening in 1991, and was the first 24 hour store too! It featured a 53,000 square foot grocery section with an "upscale flair" (the press release), and was touted as the next trend in retail. Well, Supercenters were the next trend, just not the Kmart kind. Sad to see the original Super K become a normal Kmart.
Super Kmart Store 3785
5007 Victory Blvd, Tabb VA 23693
This 192,861 square foot store held out when the few other Super Ks in Virginia closed or lost their grocery sections in the past couple years. Guess it's your turn... sorry!
RetailbyRyan95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanrules/ has an extensive collection of store photos, including the bathrooms, haha. Some of them are shown below for your pleasure.
|rather empty space... gonna get even emptier!|
|wow, a fresh floral section!|
|thanks to RetailbyRyan95 for these photos|