The outlet in question – located inside Melbourne’s Northcote Plaza – will shut its doors forever in November this year, leaving fans with just months to get their local Kmart fix.
The Northcote Kmart has been in the same spot since August 1981, but will withdraw after almost 40 years at the end of the store’s lease, which the company will not renew.
Last year, Kmart spokesman Steven Mann confirmed the news to local newspaper the Northcote Leader, telling the publication around 135 staff members were employed at the store and that permanent staff members will be guaranteed jobs elsewhere.
Upset shoppers have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the imminent closure.
“Noooooo! I love my Kmart fix!” one said, while another added: “Aww, I am sad that it is going.”
But others said Northcote Plaza was in need of a makeover.
“Let’s face it the entire plaza really needs to go if Kmart leaves,” one social media user said, while another added: “Northcote is losing a lot of businesses. The ANZ bank recently closed after more than 50 years in Northcote and now Kmart, arguably the most useful store in the Plaza. A real blow for elderly pensioners.”
It comes hot on the heels of other iconic closures, including news Big W is set to close 30 stores across Australia this year as the retailer attempts to turn around an $85 million loss in the face of savage competition from the likes of Kmart and H&M.
A Sizzler restaurant in Rockhampton in Queensland also earmarked for closure on March 2, while a new David Jones store in the Fortitude Valley precinct in Queensland shutting within months and a Myer in Horsby in Sydney already closing its doors.
News.com.au contacted Kmart for comment.