Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kmart #4000 (CLOSED) - Garden City, MI

Located in the Detroit suburb of Garden City in Wayne county, this Kmart first opened on March 1, 1962 and is the first ever Kmart in the chain. From what I heard this store was around 55,000 square foot when it first opened and was later expanded to about 84,000 square foot... a more appropriate size for a Kmart. There were plans made in the 1990's to convert the store from a regular Kmart (generally very limited grocery selection) to a Super Kmart (full-service grocery market), this never happened as Kmart was unable to acquire the neighboring land. I heard this Kmart was very profitable, still continuing to make profit well into the 21st century. This store received the "Big Kmart" treatment in either late 90's (much more likely, I'd think) or early 00's.

The company's ongoing struggle caught up and this location was slated for closure along with 107 other Kmart stores on January 4, 2017. The Garden City Kmart shut down in early late March or early April of 2017.

 Store size: appx. 84,000 sq. foot

The store's services (prior to liquidation) included:

Yearlong Layaway 
Kmart Pharmacy
Nathan's (in-store eatery)



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Circuit City (CLOSED) - Portage, MI

Circuit City - Southland Mall, Portage MI [CLOSED]

Closed down for good in 2009, at the time spring was creeping in. The former Circuit City space has been divided between ABC Warehouse and Maurice's. The building as been repainted since Circuit City, so more no of all that Circuit City red (burgundy?)!

The "Plug" over the entrance. Cool building design if you ask me!

I do believe (I am quite sure) that the red guard poles are original to Circuit City.

Back to the other side of the former Circuit City space where Maurice's is located at. 

That's THAT!

MC Sports (CLOSED) - Oshtemo, MI (Kalamazoo)

 MC Sports - Oshtemo, MI [CLOSED]

Yeah, here is another dead former MC Sports for yah to view. As always.. you didn't ask, but you shall receive!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Office Depot (CLOSED) - Oshtemo, MI

Aldi & Office Depot - Oshtemo, MI (Kalamazoo)

This Office Depot (below) closed about almost years ago (?), the building sat vacant until Aldi decided to leave their, then current storefront, that was literally (!) just two doorways away from the now current location in the former Office Depot. 

The only spacer between the new and old Aldi would be an RxOptical. 

Below are pictures from the relocated Aldi in the former Office Depot space.

 There's no sliced bread behind those bananas, they are an illusion ... (actually, it is a photo on the on the wall.). 

Flour power, bee-yatch!

DoriNOs, those tortilla chips are sure not Doritos. DoriNOs may not be authentic enough for Mexican people cookouts, but they probably taste just fine for regular people.

If you look closely enough at the road signage you can see the labelscar left by Office Depot (middle of the sign.).

Now for a look at the now former Aldi space.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kmart #3195 (CLOSED) - Portage, MI

 Kmart and the plaza of which they anchored

This is the now repurposed former Kmart anchored plaza on South Westnedge in Portage, Michigan. This Kmart shut down for good on February, 14, 2010 at the latest being 10pm or earlier if/when the remaining merchandise sold-out. The plaza was also previously home to a Superpetz (previously Ace Hardware?) and a restaurant called Empire Chinese Buffet. The tenants now operating there are Dick's Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby, and Aldi.

Store services (prior to liquidation) included:

- Yearlong layaway
- Kmart Pharmacy

 This where the Kmart Garden Shop was located at. The line-imprinted walls were original to the days of K-mart, the burgundy/brown stripes are not from K-mart and were painted on for Dick's Sporting Goods.

 This is the back of the former K-mart portion, going towards Kmart's loading bay. 

Dick's Sporing Goods is probably using this now so...
Loading bay!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

JCPenney (CLOSED) - Battle Creek, MI

JCPenney - Battle Creek, MI

This Penney's is an anchor location (as opposed to a free-standing location, which also exist) at the Lakeview Square Mall, the same mall as the now former Macy's (previous topic on this here blog!). This JCPenney is closing at the end of July, 2017 (postponed from the original closing date, which would have been at the end of June, 2017.).

Here is a link to a very interesting article on JCPenney's presence in Battle Creek.. http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2017/07/11/closing-date-set-battle-creeks-jcpenney-store/465997001/

How thoughtful of JCPenney to be so inclusive by having cripple mannequins with no legs, genitals or heads. 

[Below] Still an okay selection of underwear for Bill Clinton (briefs man) but none for me (boxers guy).

CAT!!!! Awesome!!!