Yes, it’s true. Kmart in Hillsborough will be remaining open! And it has me cheering!
Hillsborough's Business Advocate Gene Strupinsky spoke with Maureen Doherty, the Hillsborough Kmart store manager, on Wednesday, and she has confirmed that there are no plans to close the Kmart in Hillsborough.
“She is aware of the closing rumors which she believes are the result of Kmart shutting down stores in other parts of the country, particularly in the South, with Florida being the hardest hit,” said Strupinsky. “However, no stores have been closed in their Northeast region, and there are no plans to close the Kmart in Hillsborough.”
"To emphasize this point, she [the store manager] identified several recent significant capital projects that were done in Hillsborough," continued Strupinsky.
Strupinsky and Doherty agreed to keep in touch with each other about any new developments regarding the Hillsborough Kmart location.
Why am I so happy? Well, Kmart is convenient for me to get to. Some of my more recent purchases from the Hillsborough store include a child’s fishing rod and tackle box for my daughter, and a pair of fuzzy socks for her that we could not find anywhere else, and she wanted badly. Funny, I actually bought my daughter’s first ball at that Kmart store when she was a year old–we still have it. It’s a soft, round, squishy baseball, ideal for toddlers.
Additionally, I really didn’t want to see Kmart leave and that storefront go empty. I want the people there to keep their jobs and for the store to continue to add value to our local economy.
Call me strange, but do you know that I’ve never set foot in a Walmart store? It’s true. The only time I’ve ever purchased anything from Walmart is online. I am just too lazy to drive to their stores in Manville and Branchburg. And as for Target, yes, I’ve been to the one in Bridgewater, but it’s not as convenient to get to as the Kmart on Route 206.
And do you know what’s enticed me to start shopping at the Hillsborough Kmart more often now? You’re going to laugh–remember that story in the news about the Kmart “layaway angels” all over the country? I found it completely touching that strangers would walk into Kmarts and be so altruistic and giving by paying off other peoples’ layaway accounts so they could bring home clothes and toys for their families over the holidays, without worrying about how they were going to pay for them. (Walmart started a layaway program just recently, and Target also has one, but Kmart was the store of choice where these charitable people paid off others’ accounts.)
Kudos to Kmart!