Report: Long Beach Kmart, one of just 5 left in California, to close by April

Attention Kmart shoppers, there will likely be no more Blue Light Specials in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Kmart at 2900 Bellflower Blvd. in Los Altos will close at an undisclosed date, though an employee said Thursday it would close April 18. The company has operated at the location for nearly 35 years.

USA Today first reported the news of the closures happening across the country. The news outlet compiled the list using local media reports, state layoff notices, job postings for positions at closing stores, Facebook announcements and by calling locations.

As of Thursday, the company listed 31 “store closing” job postings between Sears and Kmart on its careers webpage. Three postings were for the Kmart located in Long Beach.

Transformco, the parent company of Kmart, did not immediately respond to Long Beach Post requests for comment or confirmation.

The parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy roughly two years ago, and announced some store closures in 2019.

A recent Forbes article estimates there will be about 30 Kmart and 36 Sears stores left after the new closings.

Until very recently, Kmart operated over 2,100 stores in all 50 states. Now only 34 stores remain, with five (including the Long Beach location) in California.

The first Kmart location opened in 1962, the same year that saw the birth of Walmart and Target. At the peak, Kmart operated over 2,100 stores in all 50 states.

The other California location set to close is in Big Bear Lake, with USA Today reporting the store is set to close at the end of February.

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