Her perfume still lingers

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 02:28 PM.

I remember when she came to town, it was a big deal.  We all went out to welcome her.  It was always exciting with the fellow on the intercom letting you know where the next flashing blue beacon of bargains was going to be placed.

Honestly, I remember folks running to the blue light fearing they would not get in on the deal.

This was the late 70’s and early 80’s; Kmart was in its prime. It was a fun place to go.  As teenagers, we would go to Kmart to get submarine sandwiches from the deli island in the middle of the store.  This was before the various chains of sub sandwich shops sprung up around the country.  The sandwiches were actually very good and the lady behind the counter was nice.

As the years passed, our Kmart back home in Alabama went downhill; it has been kind of sad to watch.  Stuck in interstate traffic recently on the Virginia peninsula, I decided to just get off the road at the closest exit, let the traffic get better and see what I could find.

Well, there she was, behind a row of fast food restaurants, taking up the main slot in a strip mallish looking place with dollar stores, craft stores and a few empty stores.

Maybe this Kmart in Virginia would bring back my good memories of the Kmart back home in Alabama.  She was still pretty, with a good looking sign out front.

Walking in, I thought first of my uncle who declared back in the early 80’s that Kmart would win the “Mart Wars.”  My uncle bought stock in Kmart religiously.  As we all know, the other “mart” won that war and Kmart was bought by Sears.  My uncle passed away about the time Kmart was hooking up with Martha Stewart to sell her stuff in their stores (and before she served time in prison).

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