DOVER — The only Kmart discount store in Dover will close permanently July 13, eliminating approximately 100 jobs,
Kent County’s economic partnership director James Waddington said Tuesday that officials are planning a job fair to help store employees find other jobs.
“We’re going to try to help these people,” he said. “We plan to look into it to try and do something.”
The store, on North DuPont Highway, is one of half a dozen Kmart locations in Delaware, according to the store’s website.
Kmart officials declined to comment this week. The only indications of the store’s pending closing are two signs on its front door, explaining that the store isn’t accepting any new layaway items.
“I talked to a manager from the store and they told me they we’re closing, but they stated that they weren’t disclosing any other information regarding its closing,” said Mr. Waddington, who verified the store’s closing date.
Kmart stores are one-floor, free-standing units that carry a wide array of products, including electronics, food, apparel and gardening equipment.
Shoppers leaving the store Monday expressed surprise that the Kmart, a longtime fixture on the highway, was closing soon.
“I’m sad to see it go,” said Magnolia resident Nancy Wommack. “It has quality clothing and the prices are reasonable compared to going to the mall and other stores. I only shop here about once a month, but when I do shop here I always find what I’m looking for — a great price.”
Dover resident Paul Janiga said he was sad to see the business close, as well.
“It’s not very often that a store that has great alternatives closes,” he said. “The prices are affordable and they offer a lot of great products. I hate to see the business close up.”
Staff writer Arshon Howard can be reached at 741-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.