A nationwide retailer has been struggling to keep its doors open for years and now its lack of sales is impacting Mid-Michigan.
At least two Kmart stores will close this summer.
"I'm really disappointed. It's been there a long time," said Rebecca Lucia, Kmart shopper.
By midsummer Kmart shoppers will have to find another place for those blue light specials. Kmart officials said the stores in Grand Blanc and Lapeer are slated to be closed by July. The stores' everything-must-go liquidation sales are underway.
"We don't shop there every day, but we do stop in frequently because they do have good sales on, you know, certain household products and that type of thing. It's very convenient, so I think it's going to be a real loss to the community," Lucia said.
The Grand Blanc city manager Paul Brake said it always hurts when a business leaves the community that's been here as long as Kmart has. But he also said this is a prime piece of real estate and he has a feeling it won't be vacant for long.
"I don't think it will stay that way for very long. We're looking at an uptick of development with the downtown project that's underway. The Kroger store, the investment that they're looking at making. Elsewhere in the township on Holly Road there's uptick of development," Brake said.
Lucia said she knows things can't stay the same forever.
"You've got to embrace change. So I think I'm anxious to see what's going to go in there. I'm hoping maybe they'll put something in there that will, you know, brighten things up and be progressive, I guess," Lucia said.
Brake said they've already had inquiries about the property once Kmart closes.
As for the vacant Farmer Jack store next door to the Kmart, there has been no word as to what might be going there.
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