Kmart — Corbin, Kentucky

This Kmart is located at 14662 US Highway 25E in Corbin, Kentucky. The store first opened for business on October 26, 1978.

Kmart -- Corbin Kentucky
Notice the broken Kmart sign. 

In 1992 the store was remodeled and expanded. The store held its grand reopening in the fall of 1992. Kmart -- Corbin Kentucky
December 28, 2016 was a bad day for Kmart and their existance in the Bluegrass State. Seven (?!) Kmart stores were announced to be closing across the state, taking their store count from 18 to 11. Included in this announcement was the Corbin store.
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Kmart --  Corbin, KY Since the beginning of 2016 the Kmart store count across the Bluegrass state has fallen from 22 to 11. In one year, half have been wiped out. At the height of the chain in the early to mid 90s there were more than 50 scattered across the state. In fact, I come from a generation who in my home town of Harlan, Kmart was our Walmart. We didnt have a Walmart until 1991. So during my early years when I would have been kicking and screaming and throwing tantrums for whatever toy I wanted, I would have probably been doing it inside of the Kmart in Harlan. After the Kmart in Harlan closed in 1995 our closest Kmart was then in Middlesboro, until 2002. After it closed our closest Kmart was a tossup between this store and the store in Kingsport. I guess thats where my infatuation comes from in documenting this part of history that many fail to pay attention to. Right before our very eyes and American institutioin is going away. It’s sad, but it definitely needs to be and deserves to be docummented. Kmart --  Corbin, KY

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