WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

Kmart store in Garner closing

Posted October 28, 2013



The Kmart store in Garner has announced that it is closing. There are currently various markdowns in some of the departments departments, although there is no clear markdown schedule at this time.

The store hours remain the same for now. There is no set date for the closing according to the store. I have a call into corporate and will let you know if they are willing to share any other information regarding the store closing.

Thanks to those who posted about the closing on the blog and via e-mail!

Do any of you shop at that location?


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  • kde1022 Nov 5, 2013

    I stopped by yesterday to see if I could pick up some staples for cheap. What a JOKE! They have very clearly marked up items in anticipation of this "clearance" closing sale. Just one example - my husband's axe pomade was marked up to 8.19 and on sale for 10% off. Regular price every day at target is 6.99. There were tons of people there falling for these "sales" ...filling up their carts with these great "deals." *sigh*

  • aprilhunter220 Oct 31, 2013

    I am just surprised it hasn't closed before now. It's never busy until Christmas.

  • sidecutter Oct 30, 2013

    The place is a dump!! I quit going there after Walmart opened.

  • quikdraw2 Oct 30, 2013

    I was and still am very sad that the Durham Kmart closed early this year. And now go to the western blvd one occasionally. I saw all those 10-30% off signs there and freaked....ask someone was this Kmart closing to...."no". I do not believe it. The store was looking empty....hmmmmmm.

  • DianeNC Oct 29, 2013

    odisn - I totally agree with you. As I posted previously, I actually asked one of the employees over at the Western Blvd. store if the store was closing when I saw all those strange paper clearance signs stuck to practically every shelf and fixture in the store (over a month ago), and was surprised when he told me no, that it was a new marketing plan they were trying out in that store. Really? Looked exactly like the signs you see when a store is going out of business, to me.

    lazerdoc - I experience the exact same thing (in respect to the KMart employees) each time I'm there. It's really a joke. I basically just use their online shopping (where you can order it online for less than they sell it for in the store, than pick it up and pay for it at the store) - and no matter how many times I've done this at the Western Blvd. store in Raleigh, I have yet to find someone who knows how to do these types of transactions. (Even though on their own website, it clearly states customers can tak

  • lazerdoc Oct 29, 2013

    I shopped at a KMart in Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago. It's no wonder they are going out of business. Only three or four people in line in front of me and it still took me 20 minutes to get out of there. The clerks are required to ask so many questions that it takes FOREVER! And frankly, they weren't very friendly. Too busy joking back and forth with the other cashiers to pay attention to the customers.
    What is your phone number?
    Do you want to donate to this?
    Do you want to apply for a credit card?
    What is your rewards number?
    And then to top it off they allow a timeshare sales person to perch by their door where they accost you walking out. I saw her literally chase/follow a couple to their car offering this and that. All around bad experience. It just seemed ridiculous. All I wanted to do was to buy a bottle of water....Simplify folks, if that doesnt work, hire and train polite people. It works for Target and Chick-Fil-A.

  • odisn Oct 29, 2013

    I'm just surprised that this one is closing before either the Western Blvd or Capital Blvd locations. Those two stores seem to be in much worse shape. The Western store has been running a strange storewide 10-30% off sale for a few weeks now, which almost seemed to be an indicator of an impending liquidation.

  • kellypsnll Oct 29, 2013

    I don't like that location. Mainly because the few times I went, I was creeped out. One person, I am assuming, was homeless and was asking me to purchase underwear for her. Eww. The other time, I felt very uncomfortable when a truck followed me into the lot and the guy was making small talk and basically hitting on me even after I told him I was married. Eww. Those two times was enough to never want to go there ever again. Happy they are closing. Everyone else can save during the closing. I'd rather go to the Target or Walmart.

  • acs0427 Oct 29, 2013

    I'm heading over there today for my canning supplies. A friend was in there yesterday and was told the store is closing January 9th. Not sure how accurate that is but thought I'd throw it out there!

  • jackiesemail Oct 28, 2013

    They are no longer offering layaway. A worker there on Saturday told me that prices would be going UP for a couple of weeks before they would come down.....