K-Mart in Fernandina Beach to close

Last Tuesday Sears Holding announced potential store closings, Fernandina K-Mart is on the list.

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Sears Closes Fernandina Beach K-Mart

Sears, owner of the K-Mart brand has published the preliminary list of the Sears and K-Mart Stores to be closed nationwide as a result of very poor Holiday Season performance on top of years of bad management and economic distress; unfortunately the Fernandina Beach K-Mart store is part of the downsizing effort, which will leave another large empty space on Sadler Road and another 50 or so people unemployed.

79 Stores in 25 States didn’t make the cut and Florida leads the pack with 11 closings, while Sears Holding announced last Tuesday that it would close up to 120 stores to raise cash after a very disappointing Holiday Season.

Can’t escape the feeling that the axe was already up in the air for these stores before the Holiday Season even had started and poor sales was just an added excuse. At least the company waited until after the Christmas Holiday’s to make the announcements.

For a complete list of closures announced so far go to http://www.searsmedia.com/tools/122711_close.pdf

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    WE NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT!!  CALL, EMAIL, POST WHATEVER YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO, TO SAVE OUR K-MART!  EMPLOYEES ARE NOT ALOUD TO DO ANYTHING!  BUT WE PRAY THE COMMUNITY WILL BACK US IN LETTING SEARS HOLDINGS REALIZE….THIS SPECIFIC STORE IS DIFFERENT THAN YOUR DRIVE BY KMART, IT IS OUR COMMUNITY STORE!!!  PLEASE, PASS ALONG AND MAKE SOME NOISE!

  2. Anonymous

    Love to make all the noise you need, but first you need to write us why this store in particular is different than the other ones (Drive-by Kmarts?) and deserves our support and passion to fight for.

  3. Anonymous

    First of all, this Kmart has been in the communtiy for nearly 30 years. The customers that frequent this particular store prefer it over Walmart, and feel that closing the store forces them to shop there. Second, the customers, some, will tell you, especially the elderly that reside here that they don’t even go over the bridge for anything. This particular store has been number one in the district, has had CSTAT scores 80 and above, secret shoppers give it a consistant 100%. The customers come to this kmart because we are considered by them to be the cleanest, friendliest store in the area. They don’t care about what is happening over the bridge, which by the way is the only way on and off the island for the most part. They along with the employees are like a family. It’s like going to your favorite soda shop. Kmart has had nearly all of it’s customer tell us that they are going to call, email, or send letters to Sears Holdings. Do you really think they will read them? Unless it is made public about the outcry at this store, no one will care. What I mean by the drivy by K-marts, is the ones that are easily accessible. Where customers have a choice and are in a more populated area. This is a community of retirees and seasonal residents. People come her for vacation, once on the island, do you think they want to drive all the way off to get a toothbrush, do you think they want Walmart to be their only choice of stores. This stores employees earned the right to speak out for themselves, but they are not aloud. There sales were a little shaky for the holidays maybe, but overall, they are up in percentage and just because it is a leased store and the prior management (don’t think you’ll get the truth on this) poorly managed it for a couple of years, is enough reason to close it down. The assistant managers and several other employees have been there in upwards of 25 plus years! These employees have no idea how to go out and find a new job. For some, it was their very first job. This store doesn’t have the turn around, outside of seasonal, that other stores have. And if they would have let the assistant managers that have been there, work and merchandise that store without bringing in an outsider with no experience, that store would have done even better! How can we be a store that has been number one in the district for over a year and was chosen for their “renessance project” , told to us in late November, early December, just conveniently close. There is more to this story and I like many, many others would like some answers. This store is like the local five and dime, not like your run of the mill retail store. The atmosphere and the way the employees and customers interact is like…old school, for lack of a better term. I think corporate needs to get off there rears and visit these stores and get to know their customers and the vitality within the store in reference to their employees, as well as take into consideration the location of some of these stores before they hatchet them. Heck, this store has customers that drive from St. Mary’s because they hate their Kmart in their own town! KEEP FERNANDINA BEACH/AMELIA ISLAND BIG K OPEN…FOR THE COMMUNITY, THE EMPLOYEES AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO COME HERE FROM ALL OVER.

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  4. Anonymous

    Being an employe of this specific K-Mart I’m happy to see that there are at least a few people in the community that value what this store has tried to do on a daily basis. We try to make our customers feel welcomed to the best of out ability and show them everyday that we actually care about them and their retail needs. With this being said, it  will continue to be this way in spite of recent news and until the time comes that we’re no longer there.

  5. Ameliaprivateeye

    Just heard Food Lion on Amelia Island is closing, too? Is this true???

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