Kmart Store Closings Google Maps Mashup

Kmart Collage
I have spent the evening working on geo-tagging my flickr photos and creating a google map of the Kmart stores that I have visited that have closed since 2016. The grand total is 31. As this Kmart and Sears thing plays out I will continually add to this map and documment the future of Kmart. The map can be seen by clicking  HERE

Everyone have a great week ahead and thanks again for reading.

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Curtis Mathes Sign — Martinsville, Virginia

Several weeks ago a friend of mine and I took a drive over to the Martinsville, Virginia area.  It was a new experience for me.  Even though I had been all around Martinsville before, I had never actually been to Martinsville proper.

One of the most striking vintage relics we came across was this Curtis Mathes sign hanging on the side of a building, where it has obviously resided for many years.
Martinsville, VA
Now, Im about to show my age here, but I can remember when my parents first got a VCR and they would go to and take me to Curtis Mathes in downtown Harlan to rent video tapes.  In those does, Kentucky 38 went straight through downtown along Clover Street and there were buildings and the river right around where it runs today.  In one of those buildings was Curtis Mathes.  I always thought Curtis Mathes was the fancy place in town to rent video tapes because they came in those big brown and orange cases.  Kids are so weird sometimes.

Kmart — Martinsville, Virginia

Kmart -- Martinsville, VA This Kmart in Martinsville, Virginia was located at 2876 Greensboro Road. Kmart originally opened in Martinsville in the early 1970s across the street from this shopping center in a strip center with Winn Dixie and Revco. Kmart -- Martinsville, Virginia
Kmart moved and opened for business in this building on August 17, 1989.
Kmart -- Martinsville, Virginia On September 20, 2016 Sears Holdings announced the closings of 64 more Kmart stores. This particular region was hit hard in this round of closings with 4 closings within a radius of about 50 miles. This was on top of another closing, Thomasville, North Carolina that was already scheduled to occur. Kmart -- Martinsville, Virginia
The Kmart at Martinsville closed for good on Sunday December 11.
Kmart -- Martinsville, Virginia Kmart -- Martinsville, Virginia

Kmart — Wytheville, Virginia

Wytheville, Virginia
This Kmart was located at 1480 E Main Street in the southwestern Virginia town of Wytheville.
Kmart -- Wytheville, VA
This store was a relocated store from about a mile down the road that was originally a Grants City. This store opened in June 1989.
Kmart -- Wytheville, VA
The store closed at the end of the business day on Sunday December 11, 2016 for the final time.
Kmart -- Wytheville, VA
With the closing of this store there is now only a single Kmart location in Southwestern Virginia, that store being in Abingdon.
Kmart -- Wytheville, VA
Kmart -- Wytheville, VA

Kmart — Paintsville, Kentucky

Kmart -- Paintsville, KY This Kmart in Paintsville, Kentucky first opened for business on November 9, 1992. The store relocated from a smaller bar roof Kmart located on the other side of town. kmart -- Paintsville, KY
On April 22, 2016 it was announced that this Kmart location along with 4 others across the state would close in July. With the closing of this location and the store in Maysville in northeastern Kentucky, The eastern part of the state from Interstate 75 east was left with only 4 Kmart stores, and one of those, Pikeville, is scheduled to close in December.  The others remaining are in Corbin, London and Grayson.  At its height, Kmart had at least 15 stores east of the I 75 boundary.
Kmart -- Paintsville, KY
The store closed for good at the end of the business day on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Mars Hill Radio Theatre — Mars Hill, North Carolina

Mars Hill Theater -- Mars Hill, North Carolina The Mars Hill Theatre, the only theater located in Madison County, North Carolina opened originally in 1947. Mars Hill Theater -- Mars Hill, North Carolina
The theater operated until 1992 when it was closed.
Mars Hill Theater -- Mars Hill, North Carolina
Renovations began in 2014 and on June 11, 2016, the theater reopened to the public. This theater is unique in the fact that it has an on site radio station based at the theater.

Long John Silvers — E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN (1986-2016)

This Long John Silvers located at 1336 East Stone Drive in Kingsport was built in 1986 and replaced a much smaller store located just up the street that now serves as a car lot.   The original East Stone Drive Long John Silvers was built in 1971.  This location closed in February of this year.
Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee