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Havre Kmart is Closing

Kmart employees learned this morning that Havre’s store is closing. 

The store’s closing is part of larger efforts to “streamline” the company’s operations and focus on the best performing stores, said Missy Pomerantz, Sears Holdings Corp. communications director, Thursday afternoon. The store will close in late September 2018, Pomerantz said. 

“Liquidation sales will begin as early as July 12,” Pomerantz said.

A manager on duty, who asked to remain anonymous, said that someone bought the store. There was no knowledge of who that is and Pomerantz did not provide that information, either.

In the meantime, Kmart in Havre is hiring. 

“We need temporary help starting ASAP,” the area store manager said.

The mood among employees is pretty good, the source said. “Everyone is doing well. … We’ll go out with a bang.”

There are between 30 and 40 store employees, the manager said. 

“Eligible associates impacted by the store closure will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores,” Pomerantz said. 

Kmart is the third Havre big box store in as many months to announce it’s leaving town. Herberger’s announced in April that is was closing and Sears Hometown Stores announced earlier in the month that it too was closing its Havre stores. 

Kmart is a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporations. The company, which was incorporated in 1888 as S. S. Kresge Corporation and renamed Kmart Corporation in 1977, has had its troubles for more than a decade. 

On Jan. 22, 2002, Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The next year, Kmart closed 326 stores that were performing poorly. In 2010, the company closed 22 more stores. In January 2017, Kmart liquidated 78 more stores. In May 2017, Kmart announced 18 more store closures.

Email Paul Dragu at editor@havreherald.com

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    No I absolutely love Kmart….No one else does layways?????????

  2. Kate

    Sucks 🙁 where I did all my shopping
    So very sad

  3. Susie Schend

    Sad to see it close…..spent a lot of my good years there ;(

  4. Jacob

    No I love kmart!! Walmart absolutely sucks compared to here. The employees are always super nice and they keep the place real clean! Bye bye kmart… ????

  5. deborah munari

    sad to see kmart closing but i am coming up on saturday to check some sales out .

    deborah munari
    glasscollector52@live.com

  6. Anonymous

    Sears and Kmart? They can’t leave one open?! No more Craftsman tools in Havre?

  7. Anonymous

    I am so sorry to see this wonderful store close.We have felt for sometime that the end of KMART in Havre was coming but we were hoping it was not true.Their clothing were the best for the money and now where do we find them?? Wall Mart does Not compare with the clothing line. So sorry employees, you will be missed!

  8. Anonymous

    I did my shopping there never at wal mart loved the prices that’s where I bought clothes furniture pet supplies after sears why couldn’t they just leave it open. how long do they think havre will survive its made up of nothing but bars casinos brewereys and more on the way its like its turning alchoholic only

  9. Anonymous

    This is just awful, for this was the absolute last Kmart around in the whole region to shop at for anything less than half a day of driving to get to, and even those few that are left are going to be gone within half a year or so at most at the rate that the whole chain is dying. Their clothes were the best of any discount store chain in these parts, and I’m not looking forward to settling for the ugly and poorly made stuff from Wal-Mart, but I can’t get anything else from other vendors at prices that a lot of folks can afford. They also managed to have a much better selection of goods than Wal-Mart, which only cares about selling mass-market items that will sell in large numbers, and lack a whole lot of seemingly ordinary goods that you’d think that any general store should have, whereas you could literally find every basic thing that you ever needed at Kmart. The loss of Kmart will really hit Havre hard, for it’s, what, now nothing but Wal-Mart, the dollar store, and…ordering online, which is what’s killing Kmart and lots of other retail chains, because too many people would rather buy something that they’ve never seen in person, to examine up close by actually looking at it in the store, which tells you far more about it than any little blurb on a website, and do things like wasting their money by getting things like clothes online that don’t fit right because it’s more convenient I guess than getting something that fits right in the store, or get easily available goods like toothpaste through the mail because they just can’t be bothered to support a store which provides a valuable service to their community, and now those of us who actually like going to stores are paying the price for that.

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