Just as Ames did nearly two decades ago, K-Mart is in the process of closing most (all?) of their remaining stores.  In fact, we have not had a K-Mart store in Maine for about two years.

We'll always have the "K" memories, though, right?  I think we ALL have memories of K-Mart.  Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s will probably have (somewhat) clear memories of K-Mart around the holidays.

From Black Friday through Christmas Eve, the place turned into a slightly strange Winter Wonderland.  The in-store soundtrack, the TV commercials, cheap eats at the store's snackbar (K Cafe, right?), and the look of desperation on Christmas Eve shoppers.

These will probably bring back some of your favorite "K" memories...


I had completely forgotten about the store "soundtrack" until I stumbled on this Youtube video.  Around the Holidays, the store's public address system played a mixture of Christmas music and commercials reminding you to stop by this department or that department.  r

My favorite part of that are the references to what we considered trendy clothing companies.  LA Gear, Ocean Pacific, Disney apparel.


Check out these classic K-Mart commercials from back in the day

It's wild to see the things highlighted in these commercials that we don't even use anymore: corded phones, Polaroid cameras, VHS cassettes, non-flatscreen TVs.


Here's what one Illinois K-mart store looked like back in the early 90s

What are some of your K-Mart memories?  Share them with us on Facebook or by messaging us through the station app

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