Inside one of the last Kmart stores in the United States before it closed

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But now Kmart’s glory days are a thing of the past.


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While Amazon and Walmart continue to dominate, Kmart’s sales have plummeted, and with them the number of locations.

Inside the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey three days before closing.  Every remaining item is on sale, and there are yellow signs showing prices.  A sign hanging from the ceiling indicates "Store Closing Sale!"


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Just two decades ago, the brand had more than 2,000 locations.

Assorted goods for sale in cardboard boxes and plastic bags.


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But on April 16, Kmart closed its fourth to last store in Avenel, New Jersey, leaving only 3 Kmart stores open in the United States.

Signs hanging from the ceiling reading "Store closing sale!" while people are shopping.


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Kmart’s fall from the grace of American shoppers is a testament to the ongoing retail apocalypse that has engulfed other big companies like JCPenny and Sears.

Men's costume sets are 75% off.  Clothes are hung on a circular coat rack.


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Just three days before its final closure, New Jersey’s Kmart already looked like an eerily nostalgic shell of a space that was once a consumer hub.

"Store closing sale!" panel suspended from the ceiling with clothes racks below.


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Inside, the Kmart felt cold and lifeless as it slowly waited for its impending demise.

Bare walls and empty clothes racks.  There is duct tape along some aisles.


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The store was as big as any other major retailer, but its perimeter was completely devoid of products.

An empty store with nothing on the shelves.  There is tape in front of the empty area.


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Instead of colorful aisles lined with various products…

An empty store with nothing on the shelves.  There is nobody.


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…there were stained floors, empty shelves, and scattered moving and cleaning supplies.

A pair of shoes thrown in front of a row of tables.


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Pieces of the store had already been severed with duct tape to prevent any curious customers from going any further…

Empty shelves with tape blocking off the rest of the store.


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…but it’s not like those empty areas would have attracted eagle-eyed shoppers.

Empty shelves are taped off in the employee area.


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And the dirty floors once hidden by heaps of inventory gleamed against the pristine white floors.

Empty shelves under bright white lights.


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The only products remaining for sale were grouped towards the center of the store.

Shelves full of clothes with signs indicate the shed.


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And whatever was left was heavily discounted, a perfect playground for the handful of budget shoppers choosing these discount shelves.

A white sign showing updated prices with items 25% off.  There is a "Despicable Me" DVD next to this sign.


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…and despite the impending demise of the Kmart, some of the workers were still trying to tidy up the remaining displays.

"Store closing sale!" panel suspended from the ceiling with clothes racks below.


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…leaving only three resisters remaining in the United States in New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

There is tape blocking part of the magazine.  Boxes are placed on shelves.


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