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Aug. 30th, 2007 | 05:35 pm
posted by: lemononthepiano in kmart

My mum and I were at Kmart today, and after she left, she asked me if the store was closing.

I've not heard that my particular location is, but she pointed out some things that I don't really pay much notice to at work, which kind of makes me think that perhaps the store I work at might close in the next few months:

1) There's a whole lot on clearance. Granted, it's the end of summer and a lot of clothes are on clearance, but I saw a few racks full of sweaters and jeans on clearance as well. There's massive clearance racks in every department...whole aisles solely devoted to clearance items. Furthermore, I'm not sure about any other location, but we're having a 50% off sale on clearance clothes and 30% off sale on every other clearance item.

2) With all the clearance aisles, there is a lack of seasonal/holiday items. The only Halloween stuff my location has is the bagged candy. There aren't any costumes, no candy pails for the kids, no decorations. I would assume that if there wasn't to be much Halloween stuff, there would be more autumn and Christmas/winter stuff, but....there isn't. No Christmas stuff is out yet. (Understandable...the only place in Roanoke I've seen Christmas stuff in is Dollar Tree, but they make most of their money on Christmas stuff, but I digress.) The seasonal area in my store only has a few boxes of random framed art, most seeming like springtime stuff, and the bagged Halloween candy. There's still a few aisles of back-to-school stuff they're trying to sell, but it's massively disorganised (as is most of our store, actually).

3) Most of domestics and housewares consist of empty shelves. I'm not sure if those aisles were for clearance stuff, but I didn't see any clearance signs/stickers/tags anywhere near these aisles. The only bath towels I saw were Martha Stewart towels on the back "wall" of domestics and one aisle of Essential Home towels, which is randomly piled.

4) All the signage looks old (one of the Garden Shoppe entrance signs is from probably the late 1970s or early 1980s), the floor is coming up in places, and the parking lot is, at best, atrocious. The garden shoppe wasn't even open most of the summer, and our AC was either out or barely working all summer. We won't even go into the condition of the public restrooms, and they have been disgusting for years. In my store, there are only three fully functioning registers out of nine available; all the rest have something broken. There are only three hand scanners, and the stands that the plastic bags hang on have no rubber ends anymore, which are beyond unsafe. (I nearly cut myself on one last weekend, and I have a large, deep bruise from it.)

5) There are very few employees left, cashiers anyway. Most weekends, we have two or three cashiers at any given time, and most weekdays, there are one or two. The Little Caesars cafe that used to be in the front of the store was removed a few years ago as well. I haven't seen much effort into hiring people as there aren't any new people, and I'm asked to stay late every weekend.

Has anyone heard of any more Kmart stores closing?

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from: kylierogers
date: Aug. 30th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I actually asked my manager about this too! He said "No, K-mart is getting a seriously needed face-lift." He said they were redoing pretty much all the stores. Ours is supposed to be remodeled, to give the checkouts less ghetto systems and actual conveyor belts (NO MORE REACHING !!). They are also putting most everythingon clearance as well. However we've got our replenishing guys and even some of the floor people staying at night reorganizing the store and stocking all new items.

So overall, no I don't think they are closing....or well that's what was told to me...just some major repairs.

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283 KMARTS ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS IN USA

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 10th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
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According to a store manager at the Farmington, MI Store (Closing) as well as select Kmart's 283 locations thru-out the USA will be starting their Going-out-of-Business sales Last week of August 2009 and closing stores that don't make enough money around Mid November 2009. I found this out yesterday when they had a sign posted on the front door that they are no longer accepting Layaways. It was also broadcasted on Metro Detroit Radio Staions.

Company helps Kmart Close 283 Stores
http://retailtrafficmag.com/news/retail_chainlinksdjm_help_kmart/


Michigan Kmart Stores To Close
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Southfield (WWJ) -- WWJ has learned three Michigan stores will be closing at the end of November.

FARMINGTON, MI......Halsted and Grand River Roads
COMMERCE TWP, MI....Union Lake Rd
TROY, MI............Maple and Livernois Roads

Corporate officials say the stores were the only ones in Michigan that will close. The leases on the buildings won't be renewed.

About 250 workers will be affected. Workers at department stores throughout the area were told about the closings Thursday and Friday.

The company will notify and encourage workers at the three closing stores to apply for other positions at Kmart and Sears stores in the area. Some workers will get severance packages.

Sears Holdings Corporation, which owns Kmart, plans to release financial results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter on August 20th.

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OMG! Do you work at my store?!?

from: justjulienc
date: Sep. 19th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Everything you said goes for my Kmart, too.

The clothing clearance 50% off & 30% off other clearance was apparently an allover thing. Now we've gone to $2.99 Ladies' & Men's SUMMER clearance and $1.99 Children's Summer clearance. Last year it was the same way about this time of year, too.

The Halloween candy is apparently the first things to come on the truck. We have the costumes & other HW goodies out now, too, but the candy is what everyone is buying right now.

There is not much sign of FALL merchandise; it seems they just skipped it this year.

We have set up Christmas Trees this week. I haven't been back there to see for myself, but there was an overnight crew just to get them up. *sigh* More than three months until Christmas & I'm already starting to dread it.

By now you probably have noticed Domestics and Housewares have been rearranged & new lines of Martha Stewart (and the new Abbey Hill) brought in. My opinion is the Abbey Hill stuff is to be Martha Stewart's replacement when her contract with Kmart is up next year. I've seen her popping up a Michael's & Macy's already. Plus heard rumors of MS paint & wines coming soon.

The Garden Shop thing, I thought that was unique to where I am. I worked at another Kmart for nearly a year & their Garden Shop was a nice place; busy and staffed all the time. Here, the Garden shop area is dark & depressing & was just like you said, not open most of the summer. We had it open (10am until maybe 8pm at best) for most of June & July, but then hours got shorter until now someone waters the (few) leftover plants every other day & mainly ignores anything else 'Garden'. Our manager said there wasn't any money in the Budget for Garden Shop.

My first Cashiers are scheduled for 9 or 10 or sometimes not until 11am! Until there's a cashier, Service Desk or Jewelry checks out customers. During the week there may only be 3 cashiers for the entire day; with an overlap of maybe 2 hours. This is probably good though; because only 3 registers work properly! And some of them have things not working. Register 1 has only the hand scanner & no debit pad. No. 2 has debit pad, but only the hand scanner & No. 3 everything works, but no one wants to be down there because people don't come to that area & the other three checkouts have this vibe if neglect & disarray.

Some of my co-workers have worked at other stores & come back saying things are much the same there, too. I think the remodeling thing is something they're trying in certain areas & if it helps those stores then it might spread to all of them. I figure until it's happening at my store I'm not holding my breath on that.

All in all, I'd say Kmart is not a place you'd want to make a career of. While we're not closing yet, we can't ignore the signs.

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terrible management

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 28th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
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I'd like to know what kind of store your work for.
One of the reasons kmart or any store might close, because of the
terrible management,store managers cut hours, don't check by themselves if floor managers do their job. Associates take long periods of lunch in much cases they don't verify if they punch out of they did it, kmart hires lazy people, this associates that don't put enough effort in their tasks make kmart look a third class store. Managers should be transfer continuously to different stores y and above all they should listen to the good workers. Praise them for their performance. Kmart Managers must do the PA's as well as department managers. Happy associates means that there is a excelent manageron duty, resulting on a friendly environment.

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Re: terrible management

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 18th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
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rumor is 3 stores are closing in arizona by the end of the year 2008. I think they will all close soon. The stores never were updated and walmart and target passed them up. Its not the managements fault they have no budget to staff the store properly. Also very little to no advertisments is tough on sales I remember years ago kmart had ad`s in the paper weekly no its only on the holiday week. I hope they turn it around since they employ alot of pepole

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Re: terrible management

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 20th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
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There is terrible management in every business. If you have bad management then the associates will be bad. If you have a good manager then the associates will accel, not necessarily be good employees. You must have a manager that cares! A manager that has charisma and can influence employees in a positive manner. Managers need the constitution to get this done everyday. Even if a manager cant read a report or check out a customer at the register he can be the one to help, encourage, and aid the associates into victory.

A store the size of Lowe's, Home Depot, Kmart Walmart or Bass pro is not run by management. It is run by associates, cashiers and specialists. It is up to the individual to decide whether he or she wants to be in the winners circle or the unemployment line!

In the end
associates that care=sales sales=jobs jobs=$ $, well that makes the world go 'round

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Re: terrible management

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 21st, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Don't blame the managers for cutting hours, blame the district managers and the divisional managers. They cut hours for hourly associates, not because its part of some grand business plan, but they only do it to save money on payroll. They do this for two reasons, if they could get 1 person to do the job of 3 associates, then they will., oh, and then there's the fact that the district, and divisional managers' get a bonus, for saving on payroll.

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store closing

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 4th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
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Austin minnesota store closing

Walmark opening soon.

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store closing

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 4th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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Austin minnesota store closing

Walmart opening soon.

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K-Marts closing?

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 24th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
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To those who want to know, K-Marts is not closing. There are alot of summer clothing that must be sold in order to get back to school clothing out on the floor and a better way to do this is clearance them out. As far as signing for those concerned, Were I live our K-Marts have excellent signs (new) not old. as far as halloween is concerned, were I live that doesn't start comming out until late August.

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Northridge, CA Kmart To Be Razed

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 28th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I use to be employed by this store late 1969 to late 1976. The store is schedule to be demolished sometime early 2009. I went on to work and be employed by GTE later for 15 and one half years...

Well I guess time has moved on as this Kmart was the state of the art during the late 1960s until the store was going down probably the late 1990s well into 2000 and beyond.

The store number as I remember is/was 4240. Location is on Corbin and Plummer Streets in Northridge, California. Announcement of the end of the store was written and reported in the Los Angeles Daily News; July of 2008.

I thought I would share this with you!

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MASSACHUSETTS(KMART)

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 1st, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
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WELL, I WORK IN KMART FOR 10YR, WITHIN THOSE 10YR I NEVER SEEN IT LIKE THIS. THERE NO HELP ON THE FLOOR,NOT ENOUGH ASSOCIATE. THEY CLAIM THEY DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY, SO THE ASSOCIATE ONLY WORK BETWEEN 5 TO 6HR A DAY SOMETIME LESS. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE CUSTOMERS TO COME IN TO SHOP. IF THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ASSOCIATE ON THE FLOOR TO HELP THE CUSTOMERS. I HAS ASSOCIATE CAN EVEN GET MY STUFF OUT BECAUSE I HAVE TO COVER OTHER DEPT: NOW I'M ONLY THERE FOR 5 OR 6HR DEPENDING ON THE DAY OR THE WEEK. NOW CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER I WONDER WHAT'S THEY PLAN TO INCREASE THE PROFIT OR THE LAST QUARTER FOR YEARS.

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fairmont minnesota

from: anonymous
date: Dec. 2nd, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
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we were told that the fairmont minnesota store is closing, also a super walmart opened there recently

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bad kmart managers

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 9th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I know it easy to say all managers are bad and that crap rolls downhill. This is not always the case. Our Carson Ca. manager left our company and came back and immediatly you could see the change in attitude, cleanliness, etc. We are the last super k in Ca for a reason...we keep customer focus, try to maintain our store, and care about eachother. In these tough times everyone has to care and take care of the customers, be friendly, keep the shelves stocked,etc. or the customer will go elsewhere and we will be out of jobs...quit crying and make it happen...get your coworkers in volved!

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Re: bad kmart managers

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
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I worked for Kmart for 28 years and was recently laid off and i am sure after the LOA i am on i could go back part time but why the hell should i do that they just do not want full time employees they do not want to give any benefits.When i first started with Kmart we had all kinds of good benefits and good managers but now you may have 1 good manager out of 25 they treat there employees like crap .Kmart would be good if they would go back to treating the employees better.Happy employees make a company thrive.But i truly do think Kmart has a very bad reputation for how they screw people over.

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Re: bad kmart managers

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 3rd, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
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One thing i do not understand about kmart is when they lay off employees they always get rid of the ones that stuck around with them for years and years stayed with kmart when they were bankrupt .Then cutting of hours all the time see now they have changed the vacation benefit every year you work for it which i and many others think is very bad here you are you work with them for 30 years and you are in the same boat with someone who just started.well i must tell you i am very happy that they laid me off so i wont be waisting any more of my life with that sinking company.Would i ever tell someone they should work for them NEVER!!!!!!!Then they cut hours and of course the store starts to look like a dump and all of a sudden they will be getting a visit from one of the so called big bosses and everyone gets called in to work extra but god forbid you get overtime it is like the end of the world so see people stay clear of kmart they do not deserve good people you are better off working for burgerking i feel so bad that i did not get away from them years ago.You know the funny part i was warned by many people how bad Kmart was to work for but i did not listen.Believe me years ago it was one of the best places to work they really took good care of the employees but i guess all good things must come to an end.

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Re: bad kmart managers

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 4th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
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Being laid off gives you an opportunity to go back to school. Take some ENGLISH classes & learn how to use punctuation.

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Re: bad kmart managers

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 7th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
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I really do believe that is none of your BUSINESS.WE ARE TALKING ABOUT KMART NOT THE CRAP YOU SAID.

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Re: bad kmart managers

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
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ITS WHAT YOU SAID THAT MATTERS.NOT THE SPELLING.THEY UNDERSTOOD IT RIGHT?????????????????????????

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WORKING AT K-MART IS A JOKE

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
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ANYONE WHO PUTS MORE THAN A YEAR IN AT K-MART, BE THEY MANAGER OR ELSE WISE,HAS GOT TO HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE,A LOT DEDICATION,OR JUST BE A PLAIN OLD FOOL.GUESS I WAS ALL THREE,CAUSE I GAVE IT TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY GOT THE BEST OF ME AT ONE OF THE ALABAMA STORES.I MISS MY JOB,BECAUSE I LOVE WORKING WITH THE PUBLIC,BUT I GOT SO STRESSED OUT BEING IN A POSITION OF DOING MY JOB AND SOME,AND NEVER GETTING A RAISE,OR RECOGNITION FOR WHAT I FEEL WAS A GOOD HEARTFELT JOB.PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GIVE THEIR SYSTEM A ROLL,BECAUSE IT IS POSSIBLE THAT YOU MAY GET IN UNDER A GOOD MANAGEMENT TEAM.I ONLY HAD ONE MANAGER THAT WAS REAL,AND SHE FEELS THE SAME WAY I DO ABOUT THE STORES MANAGEMENT.BUT UNTIL SOME OF THESE SO CALLED MANAGERS HAVE TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE LOOKING IN,THEY WILL NEVER REALLY KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE IN THE POSITION THAT THEY PUT THEIR EMPLOYEES IN.

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Re: WORKING AT K-MART IS A JOKE

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
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I have worked for k-mart in Pasadena, Maryland for a little over a year now. They told me that I would be reviewed after 90 days and then get a raise. HA! That never happened! When I asked about a raise, a few weeks ago, they said there was a raise freeze.

A guy that was hired around the same time as I was hired has received HIS raise and actually makes more then some of the people that have been there for 2 or more years. It's just not fair! And even though I am only a cashier 99.9% of the time, I DO think I go above and beyond what I am expected to! Am I appreciated for it? NOT AT ALL!!!

Right now I am sticking it out at k-mart because I really care about the customers! I have some of the GREATEST Customers!! If it weren't for them, I would have left a loooooong time ago!

As for co-workers.... The managers are good, the people on the floor are hard workers, The service desk people are helpful, but I would say about 50% of the cashiers are not people friendly at all. There are a select few that I would prefer to work with every day I am there, the rest I just deal with when I have to work with them, and I get screwed everytime I work with them..

Since I have been there, most of the cashiers ask me for help when they work beside me. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind helping at all, but the ones that are not nice to the customers and then ask me for help and not the service desk, I get a little resentful. I overhear then talking nasty or handling the customers wrongly and I get upset. Do they not realize that these customers can go elsewhere to shop? That these customers are what keep our k-mart alive and thriving? I do ALOT of A$$ kissing with the customers almost everyday!! I am always apologizing for something (waiting for price checks, slow cashiers, re-booting registers, and nasty cashiers) and these same customers keep coming back to our store and spending their money! 2 Walmarts, 2 Super Walmarts, 2 Targets & 1 Kohl's are within 10 miles of our store so we have ALOT of competition! It really wouldn't take much to loose customers to these other places, so I a$$ kiss & apologize alot! Our other store in Glen Burnie, Maryland is rumored to be closing sometime in October or November.

I guess eventually with not getting a raise and some of the lazy cashiers I work with, will cause me to just not care anymore and just leave to look for another job. At this point I think k-mart needs me more then I need them...I am not being conceited, I am just stating facts. I am not saying I can not be replaced, but they should appreciate that I give them 110% every day that I am there to work, and I don't feel they do appreciate me at all...

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kmart employee

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 29th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
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Ha! I've got some of you beat. I worked for Kmart for 10 years... This last year was hell.. No raises,, doing the work of 3 or more people and not getting paid for it... Kmart does not care about thier employees,, its all about the bottom line which is the BUCK.. Management will cut the payroll so that they can get a bonus,, our entire store was told no raises yet they hired interns at outrageous pay scales and brought them in to run the store,,, I walked out, done with being used.....

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KMART CLOSING IN INDIANA

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 12th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Jeffersonville, Indiana store closing after over 30 years of operation. Sadly, the pharmacy part is closing virtually immediately without adequate notification to patients who utilized it.

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Re: KMART CLOSING IN INDIANA

from: anonymous
date: Nov. 12th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm a fourteen year employee of Store 3321 Jeffersonville,In,
As a Employee of the store going through many years of service for the poor run Corprate Company,At start I was rewarded pretty well with Fair raises,Employee Point tickets,and usally over fourty hrs in the first five years,we had over a hundred employees,Then came the cut backs,Store Bankrupticy, as most employees were cut back to part time, loosing their full time benifits,and cutting us back to thirty or less hours, But Sears was Bought???
I personaly saw Corprate was most of the problem,Buyers were out of control,and enquiring things that would not sell.Computer replinishment did not work as well as Employee decisions on what the store needed,I saw in this store alot of employees come and go,Customer displeased with no service, and changed to Walmart.
We have alot of loyal elderly Customers that I feel sorry for now, They were the bank of our small store, not wanting to shop the bigger fast-going other retail stores in our area. Our store met their needs as a friendly smaller store,now they'll have to find eletric carts for shopping the larger retail stores,
I'm now having to look for another job after almost fourteen years at a store I have made surpreme sacrifices for,with little reward but to know I was loyal and hard working for my under a dollar a hour a year wages. Knowing our store could have went on and stayed the little retail store on the cornner of Jeffersonville that served alot of people,It would all be different if a common minded person up at K Mart Corprate could see what we have done, and not sweep us under a rug of Corprate spending,

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I was a Kmart manger

from: anonymous
date: Dec. 7th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I worked for kmart a total of 10 years. I started when i was 16. I worked in the pantry and worked my way up to management. I used to feel like management cut the budget to receive bonuses when i was hourly. When I was in management it was the furthest from the truth. Me and my management staff would put as many people as possible on the schedule. We figured we would rather get in trouble for blowing out the budget rather than getting caught with a subpar store. Well we were written up by the regional manager and either had to cut the budget or lose our jobs. This wasn't a one time deal...this was over a 3 months time. The reason kmart is in trouble is that a bunch of bean counters run the company. You have to spend money to make money, and they take money to make money which doesn't work.

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