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Kmart is Not Closing in Hillsborough

Yes, it’s true. Kmart in Hillsborough will be remain open!

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 in Hillsborough.

“She is aware of the closing rumors which she believes are the , 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!

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Laura Madsen February 25, 2012 at 03:16 AM
That's sad. I'm sorry to see another store in town close. Hopefully another business will be able to thrive in that location soon
Steve February 25, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I don't think it has anything to do with Hillsborough but Sears Holdings Corp failure to keep their stores current. This article came out today: Sears to 'Unload' 1,200 Stores? http://news.yahoo.com/sears-unload-1-200-stores-175317277--abc-news.html Hopefully a stronger anchor store will move into that strip mall and help bring traffic to the other smaller stores. Here is the updated list> http://www.searsmedia.com/tools/02232012_close.html
Laura Madsen February 25, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I agree, I think this issue has more to do with what the parent company has going on than anything local. Here's one reason to head over to that plaza, though.... my daughter and I tried out the burgers over at Riverside Grill last week and they are amazing! I tried the "Dirty Jersey Burger" and I was in heaven. It's a handmade big burger topped with pork roll, egg, and cheese on a hamburger roll. It's like the best of Jersey on a bun. It was worth every bit of calories. We split the fries with gravy (awesome!), and the shakes are light years better than what McDonalds ever offered. You can order your burgers any way you want with a list of toppings that's really long to choose from, and they have tons of unique burger specialties (hot dogs, cheese steaks, too).
Pen Man February 25, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Another Great Job by Hillsborough’s Gene Strupinsky, the man we the Hillsborough tax payers pay $70,000 or $80,000 a year to be the Hillsborough’s Business Advocate! This closing coming after Gene told the entire town, “Our K-Mart isn’t closing,” and then wanted patted on the back for his hard, hard efforts!” When will the rest of this town wake up and smell the nasty stench of burnt coffee this purely political patronage job of Business Advocate is? Hillsborough is getting up there with the already well known political patronage jokes like the Port Authority, the Garden State Parkway, and the Passaic Valley Sewer Treatment Plant! Gene is a chemical engineer, who retired, or maybe was ask to retire, or maybe just kicked out of a major New Jersey chemical company, who landed on his feet right here in Hillsborough, because he has friends in the right places! What does Gene do for our money? He’s a party planner for a few local business owners. That’s right, we the tax payers pay him $70,000 or $80,000 a year plus benefits to host a couple parties a year for the local elite, most of whom are the specially invited members of the Hillsborough Rotary, or members of the HEBDC, better know as just one more place your property tax money goes that most of us don’t even know about. Maybe Gene’s buddy Mr. I make the tough decisions Frank, can fire a few more police officers and give Gene a little bump in salary to $100,000 for a job well done?
Laura Madsen February 25, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I just wrote a follow-up blog. Here is the link: http://hillsborough.patch.com/blog_posts/kmart-is-closing-in-hillsborough

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