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Friday, June 29, 2012

Hummelstown Big Kmart

Hummelstown PA Big Kmart
Store 7470
1170 Mae St, Hummelstown PA 17036

Wow, a Kmart that doesn't have the 1970's facade! Well... according to a Flickr caption by "joshaustin610" (I'll just assume it's accurate), the Kmart was built in 1970's, but moved to this new shopping center in 1994, hence this 1990's style that we've seen in previous posts such as the one in Franklin Tennessee . This relatively large (for a Kmart, at 108,600 square feet) store is in the Hershey Square shopping plaza in a small town environment, in between Harrisburg and Hershey Pennsylvania. It's a middle income community, near the Pennsylvania State University Hershey School of Medicine, surrounded by your standard suburban shopping center area mix of fast food and quick-serve food places, pizza joint, Americanized Chinese restaurants, chain supermarket, gas stations, EconoLodge, etc...

So nothing too surprising here. The interior looks like the style of the 1990's Kmart, and I'm not entirely sure but I believe the "BIG" in the Big-K on the exterior was added a few years after the store opened. There is still an Olan Mills Portrait Studio, pharmacy, and garden center at this store as of 2012.

The layout: the entrance is on the left side (not the middle of the store), with soft lines (clothing) on the left, electronics and toys on the right, the garden center on the far right, and pharmacy at the front.

View from the main entrance of the store looking right. Somehow the cart location at Kmarts are never quite right... either too few or too many making it not "ease of flow" to get one.

View upon entering the store

Customer service is to the left of the entrance

Seasonals by the entrance. Note the 1990's style logo above the doors.

But wait! There's more! Buy now and we'll DOUBLE your offer! Cheaply made plastic for just three easy payments of $9.99!

Snow-blowers. brrrrrrrr!

1990's style ELECTRONICS lettering

Post-Sears merger: the random appliance section, including KENMORE washing machines and refridgerators. It'd be curious to find out how many are sold per store. I guess the shelf life of the appliances is non-perishable, so they could just sit there for a while?

Garden center. The problem with most Kmarts is there is not enough space at the front of the store for promotional and seasonal items, especially large ones like Christmas trees, so they are off to the back.

the garden center exit

Look familiar? The too-sad Kmart fridge case.

Pharmacy. The signage style is not consistent across the chain, reflecting the different times of store construction (or rarely, remodeling).

Wonder why the "g" in FittinG is capitalized...

That's all, folks. Until next time, peace on earth! Thank you for reading Super Kmart Blogspot.


  1. Is it just me, or does it look like that "Garden Shop" sign was borrowed from Target? I swear it looks like their signage from the 90s...

  2. I agree! Looks like the signs in my store. (Even though Target doesn't have a garden center.)

  3. That's definitely a 90's looking Target sign, and Targets did have garden centers, just not all locations. Very weird for it to be hanging in a Kmart. Also, this store is not remodeled but it has a new store directory. That is strange because even the newly remodeled Kmart's don't have directories at all. I see this store used to have a Little Caesars next to the customer service desk.

  4. Most of your photos didnt resize, so they get cut off.

  5. thanks Mike for the notice, we have resized all the photos, hope they all work now! :)

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  7. Believe it or not that IS a target sign and these can be seen in a few different kmarts. I am not sure of the amount of kmart stores that have target signage in them, the only kmart ive been in that had it only had one target sign and it was a old target "restrooms" sign located in the Schuylkill Mall kmart.

  8. Only in My DreamsJune 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    The original Kmart across the street was a Grant City store from 1964 to 1976. Also, the Weis next to the current Kmart opened in 1987, long before the Kmart and rest of the shopping center. A Safeway was at the other end of the Grant City/Kmart shopping center, but closed long ago and was demolished for a Sheetz gas station.

  9. The entire shopping center opened in 1994...Weis was the first tenant to open. The "Big Kmart" signage was added later one (late '90s) and the was an "Islander Cafe" next to the service desk.



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