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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Philadelphia - Central City Big Kmart

Philadelphia Big Kmart at the Gallery at Market East
Store #3953
901-99 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Sorry about not posting the comprehensive Super Kmart blog post yet...  things have been a little busy and haven't got time to finalizing it. Also coming in the next couple months for our Kmart series - we will be reporting from Bowling Green, Kentucky; Miami, Florida; and Hyattsville, Maryland - so a lot to look forward to!

Anyway, this 122,254 square foot 2-story urban Big Kmart is probably one of the "crown jewels" of the Kmart real estate - prime location in a dense urban area, far (at least previously) from the reaches of Wal-mart and Target. It is literally in the heart of the city, surrounded by the hubs of PHL's mass transit and within minutes of walking by Chinatown, the Convention Center, Reading Terminal, Thomas Jefferson University, and the historic commerce district of Market Street. Unfortunately, the store itself is far from a crown jewel to shop at - though it's not bad by any means for a Kmart. The hours of the store seem to hint that it targets people who work in downtown or otherwise commute on the bus/subway lines through it, as the store closes fairly early for a Kmart. 

Mon: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Otherwise, the layout of the store molds to the Gallery at Market Street mall, a 1.1 million sq ft mall built in 1977 in which the Kmart is smack dab in the middle of - literally, the mall runs under and on both sides of it. The Kmart site was originally Gimbel's, then Stern's, then Clover's, before becoming Kmart in 1999, according to this post at LabelScar 

It's a little odd that Kmart would be one of the flagship stores in such premium real estate, so we'll see how long it lasts - my bets is that as the area is redeveloped, if Sears can find a buyer at a satisfactory price, this store may be sold for its real estate value in the future.




One of the main street level entrances on Market Street

The view from the main Market Street entrance

Jewelry is the closest to this door




This store has a lot of Philadelphia pride. Odd that clearance and jewelry line this entrance, though.








Apparel takes up most of the ground floor. Note the K Cafe!



K Cafe open for business!

Looks like original signage!

This is one of the ground level exits to the other side of the mall. There are at least 5 main  entrances to the store!

Up the escalator...

The upper level exit to the mall




Signage for mygofer and sears online order pickups... don't really see how it is much different from Wal-mart's site to store



It's a little difficult to find things without good directories, and also without the weekly ads anywhere around the store.


One of the upper level exits

here's the shift assignments for our visit date! This clipboard was lying at the cash register where we were checking out,  was putting things into bags and saw it next to the bags. The Cafe is run by one person!



The pantry (I can't really call it a grocery) section had much to be desired.




the Price Scanner has Super Kmart logo!






The view of the upper floor from the West wing of the Gallery mall




The 10th street entrance

View of the store from Chinatown. Not sure if city codes allow it, but the whole mall could definitely use better signage. The 2009 Market Street commission was looking at ways to improve the looks and function of this area.

Philadelphia's Chinatown.

View of the area

That's all from the Big Kmart at the Gallery at Market Street East, in  Center City/Downtown Philadelphia!
Hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for more posting!

7 comments:

  1. Thats a really cool KMART!

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  2. Only if they had a district manager who knows what he is doing instead of yelling every time i see him.I know store managers who has alot more since then that fat childish man.

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  3. I don't really consider this premium real estate. It's in one of the seedier areas of Center City. The Gallery itself is largely made up of junk stores with the other anchor being a Burlington. Unless the Gallery gets blown up, I don't see too many people angling for KMart's property. It should be a great location but most of the action in Philly is a few blocks away. The loss of Strawbridge's really affected the neighborhood and many of the premium tenants had already been deserting the area, moving to greener pastures in the city.

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  4. GET RID OF THE CASHIERS OR TEACH THEM HOW TO TREAT CUSTOMERS BETTER YOU WILL GET MORE BUSINESS

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  5. IN THIS ECONOMY IT IS A PRIVILAGE TO HAVE A JOB ANY JOB.iT IS IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE TAKE PRIDE AND BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE.iT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PERSON WHO CAN LEAD HIS WORKERS BY SHOWING THEM HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE CUSTOMERS.THEY ARE IMPORTANT.tHEY ARE THE ONES WHO SPEND THE MONEY IN TURN KEEPING THE STORE OPEN AND A SUCESSFUL BUSINESS.i ALWAYS LIKED K-MART. IT CAN BE SUCESSFUL IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE DOING THEIR JOB. IF THEY CANT DO IT RIGHT REPLACE THEM. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PEOPLE LOOKING FOR WORK.

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  6. dude, you might wanna update the business hours you wrote about! the Kmart.com website says they're operating at:

    Mon: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Tue: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Wed: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Thu: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Fri: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Sun: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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