Kmart Australia confirms closure of popular store, leaving shoppers outraged
- Kmart Australia to close its store in Port Adelaide
- The locals are disappointed by the shock decision
Shoppers are disappointed and outraged by Kmart Australia’s shock decision to close one of its popular stores.
Over the “next few months”, the retailer will close the Port Adelaide store in South Australia, affecting 100 employees.
A Kmart spokesperson told FEMAIL that the retail giant will “continue to support the local community” from nearby stores on West Lakes and Churchill Road, as well as online.
Hundreds of customers expressed their thoughts on the matter in a Reddit thread.
Kmart Australia to close its Port Adelaide store in South Australia in the ‘coming months’ (file image)
‘That? He was the best…always had everything you wanted in stock,” wrote one Reddit user.
‘Gonna be some unhappy senior residents,’ another wrote and one person responded by saying: ‘I’m unhappy and I’m not even old!’
A fourth reflected on memories made at the Port Adelaide store, saying: “It’s sad, I have fond memories of buying my first games console (a Play Station 1) there as a child.”
Customers and employees alike were stunned by the decision, as one worker commented in the Reddit thread.
“I work at Kmart and got the call two days before they announced it saying the store is closing in three months and they are looking to move people to different stores,” the worker wrote.
“I was especially surprised because Kmart has been there before I was born, and I have so many memories there.”
Hundreds of customers expressed their opinions on the matter in a Reddit thread (file image)
A Kmart Australia spokesperson told FEMAIL: ‘We can confirm that Kmart Port Adelaide will close in the coming months. We want to thank the Port Adelaide community for their support over many years.
‘Our approach is to support our Port Adelaide team, with all permanent team members volunteering for similar roles at nearby Kmart stores and we are hopeful that many of the remaining non-permanent team members will be able to redeploy to other Kmart stores. and other Wesfarmers businesses.’
Daily Mail Australia understands that Kmart regularly reviews its store network, and in this particular area, the retailer has several stores nearby to help customers.
An official closing date has not yet been announced, but customers will be informed once a decision has been made.