End of an Era: Last Kmart in NJ to Close in a Matter of Weeks
Not too long ago, there were thousands of Kmart stores across the country and dozens in New Jersey. Now, the last one in the Garden State will be shutting down.
According to published reports, Kmart store #3202 in Westwood, Bergen County, will be gone not too long after school starts.
When that one closes, there will be a grand total of two Kmart stores left in America (one and a half, really).
And the way things have been going for the once-grand chain of stores, those won't last too long, either.
Already on sale
Northjersey.com reports the store already has "everything must go" signs hanging out front and it'll be gone sometime in "September or October."
As someone who follows business news, I've been watching the decline of Kmart for a number of years now. It's to the point where if you ask people if Kmart stores even still exist, just about everyone will say no.
That's a pretty shocking decline for a company that used to have locations everywhere in New Jersey -- Pleasantville, Glassboro, Toms River, Vineland/Millville, and beyond.
Active on Facebook
This particular Kmart store has been fighting an uphill battle for years, however, it has its own Facebook page and, up until recently, it was very active.
Workers there were constantly posting pictures of merchandise being offered and the store looked really well-kept.
But in the end, all of that work could not stop the inevitable.
If you want to catch one last blue light special (if they even do those anymore), the two remaining Kmarts are on Long Island and down near Miami -- but the Florida store is now a fraction of what it used to be.