Kmart has long since been a staple of American discount chain stores, third in size in the world behind Walmart and Target. Having seven different types of stores, most Kmart’s focus on merchandise such as clothing, home furniture, and office supplies, among others. The Kmart Supercenter is a hypermarket, which carries the typical Kmart collection but also has a full grocery department.
Kmart was first opened in Michigan in 1962 under executive Harry B. Cunningham. Within one year Kmart was successful enough to be able to open seventeen more stores leading to close to half a billion U.S. dollars in sales. By 1977 a large percentage of sales, 95% to be exact, of the S.S. Kresge Company were generated by Kmart which led to the official name change of the company to the Kmart Corporation. In 1991, Kmart opened it’s first Supercenter in Medina, Ohio. The supercenter provided not only regular Kmart merchandise, but also a full grocery that was open 24 hours a day , 7 days a week.
The supercenters are generally somewhere between 140,000 to 190,000 square feet in size. The grocery department carries fresh produce, meats/poultry, dairy, baked goods, and seafood. They also have garden centers, a video store, a local bank branch, portrait stores, tax center, pharmacy, deli/cafe, Little Ceasers and sometimes an arcade. The supercenters seems to be more successful in locations where there is a limited Walmart presence, such as in Ohio and Michigan.
Headquarters: Hoffman Estates, Illinois
No. of Stores: 55
Locations: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia