HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) Nearly two years after Kmart closed its Henderson store as part of a mass closure, another retailer takes over a part of that site on Zion Road.
The regional chain, Mighty Dollar, opened its new Henderson store in one section of what used to be the only Kmart in the city.
Some shoppers say it could potentially help fill a void left by Kmart’s closure nearly two years ago. The building has sat empty since January, 2018.
“I liked that Kmart until it shut down,” said Beverly Kirkwood, who drove from Nortonville to shop at Mighty Dollar. But in one section of the old kmart, customers are filling up once again.
“I liked their prices and they have good stuff,” Kirkwood says.
“I was very impressed,” adds Keith Hurt of Henderson County. “They got a really good selection and found some things I never expected to get for a dollar.”
The company opened its new Henderson store, which is one of five across the Kentucky. Mighty Dollar also has more than a dozen stores in North Carolina and South Carolina. It occupies a third of the former Kmart, which shut down in January, 2018 during a round of Kmart and Sears closings. Store mangers say they wanted to bring more shopping options to the city.
“We just needed to bring some business to Henderson. We don’t really have a lot of big businesses, so we thought this would be a good thing to bring to Henderson,” says Mackenzie Winters, G.M. of the Henderson store.
As one part fills up, the rest of the old store at the Gardenside Shopping Center remains empty. Some shoppers hope more stores fill this empty space.
“I hope they open something because we got two huge stores where Bi-Lo used to be and the KMart and they’ve been sitting empty,” says Hurt.
“They took the name down, but maybe one day, we’ll get another KMart,” adds Kirkwood.
The Henderson Kmart site isn’t the only one turned into a new store or business. U-Haul bought another old Kmart on West Parrish Avenue in Owensboro and made that into a store and storage building.
(This story was originally published on October 7, 2019)