Owensboro K-Mart Shoppers React to Store's Closing

Brick and mortar department stores across the country are closing down as companies attempt to save some money.

In doing so, employees and loyal shoppers are left in the dust.

"A lot of people are gonna miss this store,” Deborah Street said.

The West Parrish K-Mart in Owensboro has been around for decades as a go-to shopping option for many of the city's residents.

"For nine years, since I moved here,” Alice Alford said.

"My family that's up here, they've been shopping here ever since they can remember, I mean it's just quick and easy place,” Seth Newton said.

It might be quick and easy, but in March the store will close its doors for the final time, joining 107 other K-Marts, and 42 Sears owned by Sears Holding.

"I don't like it, but that's just basically because, you know I mean, us people that live down town on the river, you know, when the weather's bad and stuff like that, this is the closest shopping center we can go to,” Newton said.

The store also joins other Tri-State K-Marts that closed over the years in Evansville, and Newburgh.

Henderson K-Mart shoppers can rest easy. That store is safe.

While the West Parrish location in Owensboro out of business, the location on Frederica Street will continue to operate.

"I have been surprised that we've had two k-marts in this, in Owensboro, that've been able to survive, and unfortunately for employees and this side of the city, it's a shame that it's closing, but it's, it is a problem,” Dale Sanders said.

Luckily those employees will receive severance and will have a chance to apply to other area sears and k-marts that made the cut.

The West Parrish store began its liquidation sale today.

Once this next round of stores closes, Sears Holdings will have closed a total of 428 stores over the last three years.


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