The entrance to Big K in 2008
Goodbye, Kmart. Anchor store leaving mall on Dec. 7. (Warren Times Observer, 9/25/2014)
Kmart press release
Store closures are part of a series of actions we're taking to reduce on-going expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerated the transformation of our business model. These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail -- at the store, online and in the home.Translation: We're a dying brand.
No surprise here.
Some other Warren Mall photos from 2008.
An uninviting main entrance.
The center court with mustard-colored tiles.
Looking north toward Big Lots.
(Big Lots leaving. Warren Times Observer, 10/25/2013)
Losing Big Lots as an anchor store = reaching rock bottom.
Looking north toward Big K.
In case you're wondering, yes, the mall was open when I took these photos.
Warren, Pennsylvania. No longer "home of 15,000 friendly people".