January 15, 2003

Bye Bye Kmart

Yesterday’s announced Kmart closings have hit close to home. The Kmart here in Carson City, where I worked for a year and a half, is one of the stores getting the axe. Not that we care, we’ve got our shiny new Wal*Mart on the edge of town. But I still can’t help feeling like I’ve dodged a bullet. I haven’t worked there for four years, and still I’m thinking to myself, “I’m glad I got off that sinking ship.”

Plus, the Kmart was always convenient to go to if you were in that part of town. Now it’s just going to be a big empty store in the middle of a big empty strip mall. A strip mall that was built because developers thought stores and shoppers would flock to any strip mall built up around a Kmart. They didn’t. And now the Kmart is going, which leaves McDonalds and Starbucks as the anchor stores for the mall. Yeah, that’ll pull the shoppers in. This could easily be the preface to a book titled “How to Lose Money in Real Estate”. And now the empty Kmart can join the empty old Wal*Mart at the other end of town, the two of them perfectly bookending the city. Factor in the empty Ormsby House hotel downtown, and we can start marketing Carson City as a modern ghost town!

Oh well. At least it will be fun to read the front page of the newspaper and hear the city supervisors bitch and whine about this. They bitched and whined when Wal*Mart built their new store on the wrong side of the county line, depriving them of all that tax revenue. I can just imagine what they’re going to say about this new turn of events! Bad for the city, good for people who laugh at city government.

Update: The article in the Reno paper has quotes from city government. I wonder why the Carson paper didn’t go with that angle? They’re usually all over it when the city fathers are cheesed.

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  1. Kalrac says:

    Just remember, at the going out of business sale, buy StarTropics 2 if they have it. I'm still upset that we got that crummy Castlevania for the Game Boy instead of ST2 when the other K-Mart closed.

    Posted January 15, 2003 @ 10:11 pm
  2. Timpsila99@yahoo.com says:

    Heard there are more KMart closings this October 2004. any info??? Candy Graff

    Posted October 23, 2004 @ 2:49 pm

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