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.
This building serves as the United States Post Office for Williamson, West Virginia. As you can read on the building, it also once served as the home of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia until 1936. The building was completed in 1928.
The First National Bank of Iaeger was founded in 1918 in the McDowell County town of Iaeger.
The First National Bank Of Iaeger in West Virginia printed $287,830 dollars worth of national currency. That is a pretty standard output. However, some types of currency from this bank could still be rare. This national bank opened in 1918 and stopped printing money in 1930, which equals a 13 year printing period. That is actually quite brief in terms of bank existence. During its life, The First National Bank Of Iaeger issued 4 different types and denominations of national currency.
Along with nearly everything else, and I do mean everything else, even the United States Post Office for Iaeger has left the “downtown” business district of the town.
The town still has a post office, although it has now moved out onto the main road, US 52 near the Dollar General store.
In 2002 the Kmart store in Kimball, West Virginia just outside of Welch shut its doors. The county leaders began aggressively recruiting Walmart in hopes that they would build a store on the property.
Finally in the summer of 2005 construction began on the property. Over 1,200 applicants applied for positions at the new store and on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 8am the doors to the new McDowell County Walmart Supercenter opened for business.
The store was 99,700 square feet and featured a pharmacy, a bakery-deli. The store featured 8 full check outs and 6 express check out lanes.
What struck me as odd about this store was even though it was labeled as a supercenter it never featured a photo lab nor was it ever 24 hours. When the store first opened the store hours were 6am-11pm. Unlike most other supercenter stores, this store also only featured one entrance/exit.
Flash forward to January 15, 2016. Walmart announced that they would close over 150 stores in the United States. Most of these store closures were from a test format of express stores that they opened mainly in the south. However, there were about 10 supercenters on the list to be closed and the Kimball store was one of the ones on the list.
I made it up to this Walmart on the last day of business January 28th. At that time all merchandise, with a couple of exceptions was 75% off. There was a large section of the store that was already bare and crews were taking the store apart as you shopped.
As I walked into the store I walked in beside a worker. She began talking to me and I couldnt help but feel sorry for her and the workers there. You could tell that she was just flabbergasted that the town was losing their Walmart. I know its the trendy thing to hate Walmart, but in small towns like this, Walmart is their shopping center. Walmart is their grocery store, their clothing store, their pharmacy, their home improvement store etc.
The Superior-Maitland School is located a few miles east of Welch on US 52 just before you reach the limits of the town of Kimball.
This school is not abandoned at all. It lies on property still owned by the McDowell County School Board. The county bus garage is on adjacent property to this building and the building is used as a community gym with various exercise equipment available to use.
I cant find any information on this school online. Judging by the looks of the building alone I would guess that the school was built in the late 1920s or 1930s.
I did find people posting on some message boards that apparently attended school here as recently as the late 1980s. Im assuming that is probably about when this school was closed.