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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Richmond VA: Broad Glenside Big Kmart [RIP]

(RIP) West Broad St Glenside Big Kmart
5432 Glenside Dr, Richmond, VA 23228

This large (~ 112,000 square foot) Big Kmart in Richmond Virginia survived for 35 years (surprisingly?), but ultimately closed in 2012, reducing Kmart's store presence in the Richmond-Petersburg area down to three. This location has the standard architecture of old Kmart locations, although interestingly it had two "Big-K" logos plastered on the lengthy facade during the mediocre remodel over a decade ago. The trending shopping area of Richmond has moved further west, to Short Pump, where there is a thriving open-air town center style mall, a Whole Foods and Trader Joes within a block of each other, and, of course, a Wal-Mart supercenter. Currently (2013), the site still is empty with no signs of activity, although Sears Holding no longer owns or leases the location, so it will be interesting to see what the developer will do to this place.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The chain's first area store opened in 1972 on Midlothian Turnpike near Chippenham Parkway.The Glenside Drive store opened in 1977.
This is the third closing in the past six months of an area Kmart store. In May the company finished closing two of its area stores -- at 11003 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield County and at 6807 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond.

(Google photo)

(google photo of Richmond Big Kmart)

The sign is covered over with black, but you can still clearly see the Big Kmart logo. Photo taken 2013, months after the store closed for good.

Labelscars of the Big Kmart

The deserted site.


  1. Years ago the smaller side was a winn dixie....sometime around 99 or 00 it closed and they expanded kmart into it

  2. This looks like it was originally a Grants, but I am not entirely sure.

    1. Historic topographic maps of that location show no buildings on the property until 1977, which would indicate it opened as a K-Mart.

  3. I had NO clue this place shut down. I always wants to take a pic of it because it was such a monstrosity. Too late now!


  4. Hi! You linked to some photos I took a while back, and I wanted to let you know that I posted a new set of photos, of another area Kmart. This one used to be a Super K, but is now some kind of new closeouts concept called "K Dollar."

    Hope you enjoy.

  5. Here's somthing we didn't notice about this Kmart, it had 2 Big Kmart logos.


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