Kmart Closing

Customers leave with arms full on the last day of business for Kmart, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 in Scott Depot, WV. (Kenny Kemp/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

SCOTT DEPOT — The Kmart logo no longer hangs on the store building in Scott Depot, and the business officially closed its doors on Sunday.

Parent company Sears Holdings announced in late August the store would close. The news drew in shoppers who said they came for the savings and received up to 95 percent off on their purchases.

The store’s last day brought Scott Depot resident and grandmother Sharon Allen $250 worth of savings. She was doing some Christmas shopping for her 19 grandchildren.

She said she usually goes to Kmart to get Christmas shopping done and isn’t sure where she’ll go next year.

“I hope they put something else in,” Allen said.

John Berta, 76, a former coal miner who lives two miles down the road, said he went to Kmart because of convenience and the low prices.

“We always went here,” Berta said. “They have good deals, and it’s close.”

Kanawha City resident Tanya Burgess, 65, traveled a little farther to check out the store’s closing prices. She took her grandchildren shoe shopping. She said she saved $155. Burgess said she wasn’t a regular shopper there, she just came for the sale.

However, some shoppers, like Carol Harris, who goes occasionally, plan on shopping at the Walmart in Hurricane once the Kmart closes.

The Scott Depot Kmart closing is part of a national and statewide trend. There are 142 Kmart and Sears stores that are closing across the country. Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy in October due to its debt.

The Kmart on Charleston’s West Side is among the many closing. Its last day is slated for Jan. 1, according to an employee.

Reach Rebecca Carballo at rebecca.carballo@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @Becca_Carballo on Twitter.

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