Cartersville Kmart Set to Close

Liquidation sales start in November and the store with about 75 employees closes in January.

While it survived an earlier round of store closings, which affected nearby Athens, Buford and Douglasville locations, the Kmart in Cartersville is set to close in January.

The local store employs 74, mostly part-timers, who will receive severance, although some may fill open positions in other stores, reports The Daily Tribune News.

"We made a business decision not to renew the lease," spokesman Chris Brathwaite told the newspaper.

Liquidation sales begin next month and the facility located in an already largely vacant shopping center is set Jan. 22 to shut its doors, according to the newspaper and Cartersville UNCUT.

Restaurants and shops, including an office supply store and Rite Aid, already have left Cartersville Crossing, the Main Street shopping center Kmart anchors, leaving a number of vacant storefronts.

Near the shopping center, a Bojangles is being constructed in the old Blockbuster building.

How do feel to see Kmart go? What would like to see in Cartersville Crossing? Tell us below in the comments.

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Kim October 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I want someone to build a new bowling alley and/or skating rink there. Surely that would boost Cartersville's economy!
Lois E. Gay October 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I want someone to build a new bowling alley and skating rink there. It would surely boost Cartersville economy!!!!
Judy Johns November 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I agree with Kim and Lois, - raze the entire center and build entertainment facilities such as a bowling alley and skating rink. Other than our (beautiful) Carmike Cinema, there really is nothing to do in Cartersville since the old bowling alley and skating rink were torn down. We DON'T need anymore grocery stores, pharmacies, fast food, banks, or attorneys !
Don September 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I can't believe all the comments that say bulldoze the whole center. What that center needs is an additional entrance via the side street that connects to Liberty Street and the Church Street traffic light. This would add traffic flow between the neighboring shopping center, the Post Office, and Wells Fargo Bank without needing to get on and off Main Street. I think the lack of easy access is what killed Kmart. You can enter the Target and Walmart parking lots from all 4 corners.
Scrumpty a la cart September 19, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Perhaps Champs will/has addressed that. Either way the place was old and "razing" it was the way to go


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