Some of American’s longest-standing big box retailers have been struggling, and that means this could be the last Christmas for a few favorites. It’s just plain sad, if you ask me.
In fact, this could be the final holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart, according to CNN Business.
When the two brands came together in 2005, they had 3,500 stores nationwide, according to CNN. Now, there are only 21 full-line Sears stores in the mainland U.S. and six Kmart stores. Experts think that number will go to zero sometime soon.
Michigan recently closed its final Kmart and Sears stores. I don’t think I’ve actually ever been to a Kmart, but I do have some great childhood portrait photos from Sears’ photography studio. It’s the end of an era, and, yes, it’s just plain sad.