Shared by WLOS reporter Russ Bowen today at 3:15 p.m.:
Kmart confirms closing Tunnel Road location #avlnews
— Russ Bowen (@RussBowenNews13) November 14, 2012
One year ago, Kmart and Sears announced it was planning to close dozens of underperforming stores. One parent company owns both.
The Kmart closure on Tunnel Road will also require Crossfit Asheville to move. Crossfit Asheville leases space from Kmart for its gym. No word yet on a new location for the Crossfit crew.
More from another Bowen Tweet:
For those asking Kmart on Tunnel Rd opened in 1975. Close-out sale underway for closing. Word is new development possible #avlnews
From the Citizen-Times:
The closing will affect 53 workers. Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and can apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores, said Chris Brathwaite, a spokesman for Sears Holding in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Sears Holding owns 4,000 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide.
“These decisions are never easy, because Kmart appreciates being a long-time member of the community,” Brathwaite said. “However, we made a business decision to not renew the lease at this location.”
Read the full article here.
The store opened in 1975 and was the anchor store of the shopping center for 37 years. Signs on the doors show it’s taking no new layaways and the pharmacy is closing December 12th. Shoppers living nearby say parking was always available close to the building and the store’s check-out was quick and easy.
Kmart officials say they decided not to renew the lease. They’re offering job openings at Sears and Kmart stores to the 53 workers at the Tunnel Road location. They plan to move out of the building in late January.