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.
Wytheville is the countyseat of Wythe County Virginia, the self proclaimed crossroads of Southwest Virginia.
Wytheville is located near the intersection of Interstates 77 and 81. The town and county was named for George Wythe, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and Mentor of Thomas Jefferson. The town is also home to Edith Bolling Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson.
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.
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.
The Kmart in Wise Virginia was located at 129 Ridgeview Road in the Ridgeview shopping center.
The store first opened its doors on June 8, 1989.
On January 31, 2014 it was announced that the Kmart in Wise would close its doors in April. The original news story announcing this closure can be found by clicking HERE. The store closed for good on April 20, 2014.
By August 2014 renovations had began and preparations were being made for the left side of the building to be occupied by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.
The right side of the Kmart building has recently become occupied by Harbor Freight.