Kmart, the historic department store chain known for its discount prices and “blue light specials,” closed its last stores in Pennsylvania earlier this year.
And as of Saturday, the five old Kmart stores in the Harrisburg, Hershey and Carlisle areas now have new tenants ranging from an At Home hypermarket to U-Haul and Big Lots.
Let’s go back to what happened to the old Kmart stores:
5600 Carlisle Pike, Township of Hampden
Kmart announced on January 4, 2017 the closure of its store at 5600 Carlisle Pike in the Township of Hampden.
Shortly after, we learned that the space would be redeveloped to include four stores: Stein Mart, Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.
On October 19, 2017, Stein Mart became the first retailer to open on the site, followed a week later by a combined 41,887 square foot HomeGoods and Marshalls store. Hobby Lobby opened on June 4, 2018. The Stein Mart store closed last year and Burlington opened in this space on November 5.
5070 Jonestown Road in the Township of Lower Paxton
A year after the announcement of the Hampden Township Kmart closure, the company announced in 2018 another list of closures, including the former Jonestown Road stores in Lower Paxton Township and Enola Road in East Township. Pennsboro.
That same year, a 125,000 square foot At Home hypermarket debuted in the Harrisburg area, taking over the old Kmart and the old LA Fitness next door. This store opened on November 2, 2018.
Summerdale Plaza in the Township of East Pennsboro
For the old Kmart store at Summerdale Plaza, it took longer for the new retailers to move in. But they have finally arrived. Tractor Supply opened on Saturday while a new Auto Zone store also recently opened on the site.
1180 Walnut Bottom Road in the Township of South Middleton
In 2018, Kmart announced the closure of the Carlisle area store. The South Middleton Township building was purchased on August 6, 2019 by a subsidiary of U-Haul, which converted the space into a moving and storage center with indoor units. It also served as the Cumberland County vaccination clinic during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout this spring.
Hershey Place in the Township of Derry
In 2018, Kmart also announced the closure of its store in the Hershey area. Planet Fitness was the first tenant to open on the site on February 18, 2021. Five Below opened on March 5, Big Lots opened on April 15, and TJ Maxx opened on May 16. Where the Wild Things Play, an indoor play space opened on June 5. There is still 3,700 square feet available for rent, according to the mall owner’s website.
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