The News is Great for Bargain Hunters, Bad for Employees

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 1:36pm.

So, it wasn’t enough for the city to lose Rainbow Foods, now we learn that Blaine is losing its Kmart Store by the end of the year.

Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holding Company, has been struggling to turn the company around for years and started closing stores to cut costs. In fact, they’ve shuttered at least seven Minnesota Kmarts in the past five years. The most recent to close was in Oakdale.

Next on the chopping block, aside from the Blaine store, are stores in Anoka, Waite Park and Burnsville. More than 200 employees will be out of jobs – 60 of the employees are from the Blaine store.

The good news for the bargain hunter is that the liquidation sale – the ultimate “Blue Light Special” -- begins Sunday, the 28th.

The store is located at 8949 University Ave NE in Blaine.

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