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Final days for Kmart in Sterling

Shoppers seek deals in store’s last 3 days

STERLING – You’re probably not thinking about buying shorts or a swimming pool these days. 

If you were, you could get some good deals at the local Kmart store, which will close Sunday. Three more days.

Martin and Kaci Hadley of Sterling decided Thursday to buy one of the three above-ground pools left at the store along East Lincolnway. Its price had dropped 60 percent – from $600 to $239.

“We might not need this right away,” Martin, 45, said.

But summer is coming, believe it or not. Kaci, 43, plans to lie out in the sun near the pool, and their nieces and nephews will probably come around to get some cool relief. 

The pool was heavy, so a Kmart employee passing by asked whether the Hadleys needed help carrying it. They said they did.

In October, Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holdings, announced that it was shutting down the local store. The once-dominant retailer has closed stores across the country. 

On Thursday yellow signs hung outside the local store’s entrance – “Everything must go” and “Nothing held back.”

In the checkout area, where two registers were open, signs warned customers, “All sales final – no returns.”

None of Kmart’s advertised bargains apply to the local store, but that shouldn’t matter much. Most of the store’s items are 60 percent off anyway, some by as much as 90 percent.

Most of the shelves are bare. A part of the store is sectioned off with tape, where shelves have been taken down as the merchandise supply has dwindled in recent weeks during the going-out-of-business sale.

When the company announced the closure, the store had 58 employees. Sears said it would give employees an opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores.

A liquidation specialist is on hand at the store Thursday, but he wouldn’t comment on how sales are going, referring questions to the Sears corporate office, where a spokeswoman wouldn’t answer questions.

Deanne Aldridge, 31, of Ashton, was among the bargain shoppers Thursday. She said she was finding deals. 

“I’m getting little toys for Easter baskets; I’ll be ahead of the game,” she said. “I also have to get some stuff for birthdays.”

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