MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Attention Buyers Kmart: One of the last stores in the Twin Cities will close before Christmas, and this is not the only discounter leaving St. Paul.
Soon, the Kmart of Maryland Avenue East complete your blue light special forever. The St. Paul store will close in mid-December.
"I don't like it closing because it's so close to my house," said guard Rory Woods.
Kmart shoppers fear that St. Paul will turn into a wilderness retailer because of all the stores that are closed or closing soon.
In January Sears near the Capitol closed. One year ago, University Avenue Herberger closed forever. The Kmart closure comes on the heels of Walmart on University Avenue, announcing it will close on September 20th. His pharmacy closed a week earlier on September 1
"It's very convenient because of where I live. Now I'm going to have to travel further because this one is closing, "said buyer Jasmine Williams.
Williams worries that all affordable retailers are leaving the area. She has twins, Larisa and Emerisa, and finding deals for them will be a challenge once all the stores are closed.
"I'm just going to have to manage and go somewhere else," Williams says.
St. Paul's buyers are already planning on which suburb they will now travel to to find affordable retail options.
"I have to go to Walmart in Little Canada, or Woodbury, or Stillwater," Woods says.
"Everything is going to be online shopping pretty soon," Williams adds.
Some blame the end of popularity for online shopping, but there are still some who prefer to shop at a store. There is no word yet on the conversion opportunities that these closures could create.
The Kmart owner also plans to close his shop in International Falls, which means that only one K-mart will remain in Minnesota: the one on Lake Street in Minneapolis.