Blue light fades: Last Michigan Kmart closes in Marshall

Calhoun County

The Kmart located in Marshall, Mich. (Dec. 3, 2020)

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — The last Kmart in Michigan has closed in the state where the retail giant got its start.

Sunday was the last day at a Kmart in Marshall, 100 miles west of Detroit. Marshall City Manager Tom Tarkiewicz says customers were still finding products on the shelves.

The first Kmart store opened in Garden City, a Detroit suburb, in 1962. The chain grew to more than 2,000 stores across the U.S., but its fortunes changed as other big-box retailers gained momentum.

Kmart reorganized under bankruptcy protection in 2002-03 and began closing hundreds of stores before merging with Sears, Roebuck in 2004.

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